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Hawkeye Community College students getting their hands dirty for Earth Day

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – It’s called the Earth Day “make and take event” it’s happening here at the Hawkeye Community College more specifically at Brock Hall where students got their hands dirty.

Today’s thunderstorms and rain didn’t stop some Hawkeye students from celebrating the earth.

Valerie Rodriguez is a sophomore here at Hawkeye and volunteered to show how to plant the flower seeds set out for students.

“We set out the seeds, we have four different kinds we are also cutting egg cartons, they’re going to get two sections of the carton to plant take it home,” Rodriguez said.

Brock Hall served as the temporary greenhouse for planting the seeds that the students could then take home.

Director of Student Life Stephanie Cherry says Earth Day is more than just a day.

“We focus on earth week just because it’s kind of a set week to recognize that and is a good opportunity for us to be able to do that,” Cherry said.

This isn’t the first time Rodriguez has gone to an event like this.

“I participated in last year’s earth day we tied t-shirt bags we cut a fringe in the bottom and tied knots and it’s a great way to cut down on plastic use when you’re shopping there we had a lot of students participate in that,” Rodriguez said.

Cherry says observing the day or the week begins with one step.

“Just how important it is in the little things that we can do and make changes is definitely an impact on our environment and the things moving forward,” Cherry said.

Rodriguez said she tried to grow a garden for herself a while back, but that didn’t work out so this event was a great opportunity for her.


KWWL Reporter

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