Students within the greater Fort Hood area are empowering their peers to lead as environmental stewards, while fostering leadership and teamwork. As a participant of a regional initiative called the Youth Environmental Ambassadors program, Haynes Elementary in Killeen volunteered more than 995 hours, in the past quarter.

“Once students start to volunteer, when they are younger, it will be embedded in their hearts, when they get older,” Simone Powell, teacher, Haynes Elementary, said. “It will be so natural for them to continue to give back.”

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