FHS DECA students hosting green expo

Two DECA juniors at Frenship High School are hosting a Live Green Expo at North Ridge Elementary School on Saturday.

The expo will run 1-3 p.m. on the north side of North Ridge, where that school’s recycling program and the North Ridge critters are held.

Activites at the expo will be a composting exhibit featuring Fiona the Horse, a rock wall from Body Works and games with the FHS Latin Club.

Crafts for kids will include using recycled plastic to create Shrinky Dinks and making sidewalk chalk to help create a recycling mural.

Money raised at the expo will go to the North Ridge Zoo Crew program. Vendors will be selling Live Green shirts, pictures with a Live Green gecko mascot, pictures with the North Ridge critters, pencils made from recycled newsprint called Smencils, and other items made from recycled products.

Twins Mackenzie and Dylan Carder are working on the public relations project for DECA. The expo is just one part of the yearlong project, but it is probably one of the bigger components.

Mackenzie said she was inspired to start the campaign after helping her mother at a green camp last summer.

“It just kind of hit home when kids knew more (about living green) than me,” Mackenzie said.

The point of the campaign is to teach kids, and possibly their parents, about recycling, she said. People think it’s difficult to recycle and live green, she said, but really it can be easy.

“We want everyone to know how to live a green eco-friendly life,” Dylan said.

Mackenzie said children are the target market of the campaign. The Carders had announcements of the event placed in each Frenship elementary student’s Tuesday folder, which goes home to parents with information each Tuesday.

Once the expo is over, Mackenzie said they are planning to do a blog on the DECA website about living green.

The district DECA competition is in January.

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