In the cold of February, Reed Elementary along with the Kuna Parks and Recreation Department headed up to the Butte south of Kuna to take out the trash. The Butte cleanup was part of a school project to help out the Bureau of Land Management in their efforts to improve the hiking trails. It was time to clean it up so people could enjoy all it has to offer.
Fifth and 6th grade classes led by Wava Kaufman, a teacher at Reed, spent the day removing all forms of trash. The kids had some interesting thoughts on the project and what it meant to them. According to Miaja Mills they removed a couch, swimming pool and even an old car door. The students were surprised by the amount of trash, especially the big stuff, they found. Ben Johnson picked up buckets of shotgun shells. Ben says it was hard work but fun because they all worked together and made the Butte better for everyone.
Jay Ellingford was pretty tuckered out from all the walking. The students covered several miles up there, walking the entire way, while picking up trash. The hiking was the best part of the day for Karina McKay. She likes knowing they made it better for all the people wanting to hike up there.
The kids also got the chance to study and learn about the plants and animals that make the Butte their home. Ella Gamgill thought it was like being an explorer. The change the kids made by cleaning up the trash choking this area is sure to make it more enjoyable for other explorers wanting to get out and enjoy the nice spring weather. Joey Nuttall summed up the whole adventure nicely. “It was a long, hard, fun, challenging day. But we got to hang out with friends and make the environment better for everyone.” Well said, Joey!
Next year at Reed , the sixth grade classes will be making sculptures out of the trash they collected. To learn more about all the work the kids did, there is a display of pictures in the front hallway of the school. Thanks kids for all the hard work.