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As you may know, April is Litter Awareness Month and we are happy to announce that this year it has been going exceptionally well. We couldn’t have done it without the help of all of our fantastic interns and volunteers. This past weekend we got the opportunity to judge at the Prince William-Manassas Regional Science Fair for grades 5-6. Our Administrative Intern, Sarah Parker, was thrilled to attend on KPWB’s behalf. This exciting event serves as a forum for students in our region to showcase the products of their independent investigations on a variety of science topics. We were blown away by all the wonderful projects that were presented. Once again we would like to congratulate our top three winners:

1st place was Olivia with her project on alternatives to paper titled “Not the Trees”

1st place

2nd place was Ricardo with his project titled “Effectiveness of Feathers in Collecting Oil from Water”

2nd place

3rd place was Erin with her renewable energy project titled “Reduce, Reuse, Reheat”

3rd place

While Sarah was at the Science Fair our Public Relations Intern, Michael Cunningham, was accompanied by one of our frequent volunteers, Nicholas, to represent KPWB at the Town of Haymarket’s Earth Day Festival. They both arrived bright and early to set-up our Storm Drain Labeling wheel in time for the festival, which began at 8:00am. Though the first couple morning hours started off a little slow, once it picked up Mike and Nicholas and a blast interacting with all the kids and teaching them about various environmental dangers. All in all, there were about 90 total kids and adults that stopped by our booth.

Additionally, we hosted another successful clean-up on both Saturday and Sunday. With an accumulated total of 36 volunteers hours over the weekend, 1,220 pounds of litter was collected along Rollingwood Drive. This was an amazing effort by the seven participating volunteers. Thank you for all of your hard work in keeping our community healthy and safe!

Finally, just this morning we had another Science in the Parks event in Silver Lake Park with the 2nd graders of Mountain View Elementary School. The lesson was lead by our Marketing Assistant, Veronica Lusetti, with the help of Patricia Dreischer, an Administrative Intern. Following the short lesson, we split the kids up into 5 teams for a game of Litter and Recycling trivia! The kids were all very enthusiastic to participate.

After a very busy week and weekend, everyone is back in the office preparing for our Annual Route 1 Clean Sweep this weekend. Most of our staff and interns will be there all-day Saturday monitoring the nearly 150 volunteers and serving as Site Captains. We hope to see you all there!