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EAC Environmental Biology class conducts “Save Roper Lake” for 3rd graders

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EAC Environmental Biology class conducts “Save Roper Lake” for 3rd graders

By Jeanné Schaser

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Environmental Biology class, instructed by Mike McCarthy, recently completed their annual project with the third grade classes at Jack Daley Primary School. Almost 25 EAC students and approximately 100 third-graders participated in this semester’s project, entitled “Save Roper Lake,” to help raise money and awareness for Roper Lake State Park.

To start off the project, the Environmental Biology class challenged the 3rd grade classes to collect aluminum cans to raise money for the park. The money raised was donated to the Friends of Roper Lake group.

Then, when the third-graders took a field trip to Roper Lake, students from EAC’s Environmental Biology class discussed with them the different activities that go on at Roper Lake State Park, like swimming, fishing, and boating. The EAC students then helped the children write notes to the governor, state senators, and county supervisors about why Roper Lake shouldn’t be closed.

“It’s great to get my students involved in helping out a cause like this,” says Mike McCarthy. “The children really enjoyed their field trip, and it was a great way to raise awareness about how important Roper Lake really is.”

For more information about the Environmental Biology program at EAC or this project, contact McCarthy at (928) 428-8257.