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YUHSD students attend AWC Sustainability Fair

Approximately 150 students from Yuma Union High School District campuses attended Arizona Western College’s Sustainability Fair on Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019.  

The fair takes place annually to promote exposure of education and hands-on experiences about reducing personal impact on the environment to members of the community and schools.

“For our students attending the fair, it offers an opportunity for education outside of the classroom,” Gila Ridge High School teacher and Green Club adviser Joe Daily said. “It’s also a chance to see how many people can come together that care about the community and see what organizations are doing to help keep our community clean and support reducing our environmental impact.” Belly dancer

Gila Ridge students walked to the event along with Daily and Assistant Principal Steve Anderson, which further supported the fair’s initiative. The Gila Ridge campus is located less than a mile west of AWC. Students from San Luis, Cibola and Kofa high schools were also in attendance.

According to AWC’s website, the fair is a fun and engaging event focused on celebrating sustainability, diversity and community building. There were performers including belly dancer instruction, karate demonstrations and an eco-friendly fashion show.

YUHSD took steps earlier this month in reducing the district’s environmental footprint when its board approved a $279,229 grant from the Maricopa County Air Quality Department that would fund the purchase of seven new fuel-efficient, propane school buses.

Eric Patten