On February 3, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy Youth Leadership Program went to the Lawrence School Extended Day Program to teach third, fourth, and fifth graders about the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB), and how ALB affects both our trees and our communities. We first explained to the students how the ALB harms our community and the damage that it has caused in Worcester, where over 30,000 trees have been cut down in order to prevent ALB from spreading. During our presentation we passed a real (dead) ALB around the room for the children to examine. But the best part of the day was when we got to work one on one with the children to help them build their own ALB out of cardboard, black pipe cleaners, and black duct tape. The kids were very excited to build their own beetle. The room was filled with laughter and joy. The kids even made the Leadership Team laugh with their jokes and their games.
Our favorite part of working with the kids was sharing our knowledge of the ALB, and having the opportunity to go back to elementary and be with little kids again; the way that we interacted with them was very fun, and we look forward to doing it again.