Some Copperas Cove residents, especially school children, can implement new sustainable living practices this week after attending the fourth annual Eco Harvest Festival hosted by Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful.

Pledges made at the two-day event included turning off lights, recycling electronics, and capturing rainwater as residents agreed to save natural resources and develop new habits over the next year.

Nine Copperas Cove elementary schools took advantage of the educational event, sending 961 students. More than 100 residents attended the Saturday event.

Five-year-old Haylee Spicer, who attends Fairview Miss Jewel Elementary School, did not know how to write her pledge, but she knew what she wanted to do.

“Not make as many messes (that have to be cleaned up) and turn off the faucet when I brush my teeth,” she said.

The Spicer family already collects water in pitchers when waiting for the water temperature to go from cold to hot. The collected water is then used to water Haylee’s plants.

“It’s a lifestyle thing. She needs to form habits now so she is used to it,” said Autumn Spicer, Haylee’s mother. “We don’t have a lot of problems now (with our natural resources). But, this will help protect them for the future.” The winner of the booth competition was Fort Hood Recycle. Second place was Mayborn Science Theater and third place was Wilco Recycling.

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