As kindergartners filed off buses at the Fort Hood Recycle Center on Friday, each proudly carried a recyclable item in a plastic bag.
As part of America Recycles Day, the kindergartners of Killeen’s Sugar Loaf Elementary School visited the center to learn about the environment and see first-hand how items are recycled.
Corde’ Strong, 5, carried a water bottle as he visited each of the four stations — his favorite being the one where he was given a seed. “It’s going to grow into a beanstalk,” Corde’ said.
His class had already completed a recycling unit and his teacher Kimberly Reedy said all the students were excited about the field trip. “It’s the real life experience,” she said. “They understand more when they see it.”
The recycle center has welcomed Sugar Loaf students on America Recycles Day for about five years, but this was the first year for kindergartners.
“It’s good to be hands on and see things where they actually happen,” said Mike Bush, center manager. “It’s a better point of reference, even for the younger kids.”
John Rodriguez attended the field trip with his 6-year-old daughter, Janae Wyatt, and was pleased with the information provided to students.
“It teaches her a lot,” he said. “We do recycling together at the house.”
Sometimes, Rodriguez said Janae will correct him on how to recycle properly.
“Especially with soda cans,” he said with a laugh.