CRESTVIEW — Twelve Bob Sikes Elementary School students and one Walker Elementary School student have received recognition for participating in the city of Crestview and CH2MHill’s poster contest promoting environmental sustainability.
The contest is in conjunction with the Environmental Conservation Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4, on Main Street in Crestview. The city and the company that oversees its wastewater treatment are sponsors.
Event organizer Jayne Swift, a CH2MHill project manager, visited participating students at their schools on Wednesday and gave each a gift bag.
The first stop was Kristal Petruzzi's fourth-grade class at Bob Sikes Elementary School.
Her class has practiced environmentally conscious habits, including bringing forks from home for lunchtimelunchtime — to prevent plastic alternatives from entering landfills — and picking up trash and recyclables around the school.
"(It’s) just small ways that we can make a difference in the world with leaving as small a footprint as possible," Petruzzi said in an email.
For the contest, her students made their displays on old newspaper in lieu of posters.
Such efforts impressed Swift, who now wants to work with Petruzzi to provide a sustainability education program.
Swift also visited Carleigh Fowler of Walker Elementary School, her school’s lone participant in the poster competition.