Roanoke, Va. (WFXR) — Carilion’s community health and outreach department will be sharing their educational urban farm at Morningside with the Clean Valley Council tomorrow evening to teach kids from pre-k to 3rd grade about Rigsby the Raccoon and the Four R’s: recycling, reusing, refusing, and reducing.
Director of Education at Clean Valley Council, Courtney Carter Plaster knew that an outdoor educational opportunity connected with a story would be a perfect way to keep children engaged.
“We’re going to read a story about Rigsby and Rigsby is a raccoon and during his adventures in the story he encounters some of his friends, but his friends have gotten caught in a lot of different litter.”Courtney Carter Plaster, Director of Education at Clean Valley Council
As children take in every character and turn each page, they’ll get to participate in hands-on learning.
“The students will have an opportunity to interact with one another, look at different items on signs, on the table, picking up the actual objects. Each one of the students will have their own individual cans of trash in order to sort and pick out materials.”Courtney Carter Plaster, Director of Education at Clean Valley Council
Courtney believes that connecting with Angela of Carilion and the Urban Morningside Farm is a way that Clean Valley Council can impact their youngest customers.
“When we get kids on board, they turn into adults that are on board, in protecting our world and appreciating nature, and being responsible stewards.”Courtney Carter Plaster, Director of Education at Clean Valley Council
Clean Valley Council and Carilion know that education is the first step in forming beneficial habits and making a difference.
The event is free to attend. For more information about this event or to sign up, click here.