Kaibab receives Alliance award
The Kaibab National Forest was one of a few organizations and individuals honored for making a difference to the children of Williams.
Representatives of the Williams Elementary-Middle School (WEMS) and the Williams Alliance honored the KNF for its participation in the first-ever WEMS Science Camp. The Williams Alliance is a group of citizens and agencies organized to prevent and reduce substance use and abuse among youth.
During a ceremony May 15, Williams District Ranger Martie Schramm accepted a "2008 WEMS Science Camp Make a Difference" T-shirt signed by students who had participated in the camp.
"The science camp was a great opportunity for both the Kaibab National Forest and the Williams School District to get kids more interested in the Forest Service, natural resources and science," Schramm said.
The WEMS Science Camp, which was held in late April, was a two-day program designed to expose sixth graders to science in the Forest Service. Topics included fire, biology, recreation, archaeology, timber and silviculture. Workshops were meant to be fun and interactive, giving students the opportunity to learn and experience science in the field. The science camp also allowed the kids to learn about potential careers with the Forest Service.
"Both the students and the Kaibab National Forest employees learned a lot," Schramm said. "We hope to continue a working relationship with the school district in the future. We also look forward to future opportunities to share applied science with kids."
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