Chase Shafer advocated for Blue Whales with the call to 'Lower plastic use.' Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Chase Shafer advocated for Blue Whales with the call to 'Lower plastic use.' Photo by Paul J. Seeling

WOODVILLE, WI – This reporter was invited to visit Viking Middle School (VMS) on Thursday, May 25, 2017 for the 7th grade Eco-Avengers Expo and he is so glad he did. There were 71 booths thoughtfully promoting a full range of interesting and pressing environmental issues. It was an excellent presentation by either single or team presenters.

The Eco-Avengers Expo exhibits featured a chosen environmental issue storyboard, accessories (in many cases) an oral discourse on the topic and again in many cases take-away informational handouts incidental to the topic with a specific call to action.

Due to the thoroughness of the presentations and time constraints I could only get to 16 of the booths, though I wish I could have gotten to them all. But, without fail every one of the presenters knew, was fully engaged and did an excellent job of informing about an environmental issue and presenting a strong positive incentive to follow-up with a call to action on the environmental issue or topic.

Here are some examples: #2 – Shelby Kuebler’s environmental issue – Conserving Water, her call to action was, “Making homemade rain barrels.” #3 Cheyenne Dugan, Katelynn Mill and Zoe Henderson presented their Eco-Avengers project on Flycatchers. #4 Olivia Chouinard’s environmental issue – Saving the Bluebirds, her call to action was, “Build bluebird houses and put them up in yards.” #5 Jimmy & Peyton’s environmental issue – Water Pollution, their call to action was, “Help us on our journey to build a rain garden here.” #9 – Brooke Klatt, Kate Groskreutz and Maddy Jensen’s environmental issue – Save the Sea Turtle, their call to action was, “Educate the community on how to prevent climate change.” #58 – Nicole’s environmental issue – Monarch Butterflies, her call to action was, “Please help save the Monarchs by planting milkweed and wildflowers.” 

As reported all the VMS Eco-Avenger Expo projects were excellent and all of the presenters deserve positive recognition and high praise for their caring engagement and hard work. And the VMS 7th grade teachers who worked on this outstanding learning experience with their students also deserve positive recognition and high praise for their caring engagement and hard work!