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Friday, May 12, 2006


PETERSBORO, Utah -- Gloom like a Bulwer-Lyttonesque pall hung heavily over the Cache Valley as word came that the WORD had gone.

"As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire. . . ." No, wait. . . . That's actual Bulwer-Lyttonism. Scratch it.

We conclude, with joy and trumpets and a tankard or two, the 10th season of TODAY'S WORD ON JOURNALISM. What began in 1995 as a professor's strategy to get his students to read email (guess that worked!) now has spread, birdflu-like, far beyond that unwilling audience to self-flagellating WORD volunteers on five-and-a-half continents. But the willing and unwilling alike--the halt and addled and addicted and deluded--will have to get a life and smell the roses, for a while anyway.

Today marks the end of the WORD for this academic season. Even ere the rosy dawn that didth bust o'er this glade, this vale, this happy home. . . . ooops. Avert already, Sir Bulwer, you mangy cur!!!!

See you in the fall. . . TP

Recycling is fundamental in Hyrum third-grade classrooms

By M. Cory Broussard

April 30, 2006 | HYRUM -- Saving the earth is hard, but the third graders from Ms. VanSlyke's class at Lincoln Elementary are up to the challenge.

"Recycling is important," Vanslyke said, and the children agree. When she asks them why, the kids yell back over the big boxes filled with paper and cardboard that they are dumping into the big blue recycling bin.

"To save the environment," one student says.

"To save animals," says another.

"To save the earth," says the last.

It's a lofty goal, but the third graders trudge around the school gathering wasted bits of paper from the office, classrooms and the art department every Friday without fail.

The Lincoln Elementary recycling program was started nearly ten years ago by VanSlyke and Teri Peery, another third-grade teacher. Students have been dutifully making the trek from the school to the recycling bin ever since.

VanSlyke and Peery's students are responsible for all the recyclable paper and cardboard in the school, all except the 4th and 5th grade rooms that take care of it themselves.

"It's hard sometimes," VanSlyke said. "Some teachers just don't want to recycle." But despite the opposition, the long hot and cold walks from the school and the big boxes, the recycling goes on.

Recycling isn't the only environmental friendly teaching tool VanSlyke and Peery use, they also have a garden just outside their classrooms. The teachers first planted the garden, a 20 foot patch of earth set in an alcove of the school, 12 years ago before the school was even finished. It is taken care of by VanSlyke, Peery and their students and is populated with foreign and local plants, snakes and birds.

"Two robins were playing and they hit the window," VanSlyke said. "It was sad." The students nod solemnly in agreement.

The teachers use the garden to make comparisons between non-living and living things, as well a place for students to write in their journals and create poetry. The garden, which is in a bit of disarray after the long winter, is available for anyone who wants to use it.

Between recycling and the garden the third graders at Lincoln Elementary are getting a heathy dose of everything environmental. Judging by the smiles on their faces as they watched the paper slide into the recycling bins, they wouldn't have it any other way.


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