Making a SPLASH in Area Waters

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Shore Road’s Environmental Club members visited students in Stacy Reiner’s third-grade class at Winthrop Avenue to demonstrate ways to protect Long Island’s waterways. The sixth-grade environmentalists have been working with the grassroots environmental organization Operation SPLASH by clearing storm drains around their community streets and writing to the town about environmental problems and issues.

The Operation SPLASH volunteers, under the direction of advisers Carolyn Acevedo and Kelly Popielaski, led the younger students in a variety of games, lessons and activities to drive home the value of being savvy environmentalists. The third-graders learned which everyday items should be recycled or placed in the trash, read “Footsie and Lunko by Michael Kruger, Ed.D., and watched a demonstration on how animals react to pollution in a salt marsh. At the end of the lesson, the students collectively played a game of environmental bingo, created by the environmental club.