Earth Day program brings 600 students

QCSun staff

The 41st annual Earth Day event in Tucumcari brought a total of 900 participants, including 600 area students to the Tucumcari Outdoor Classroom Thursday.

The event featured presentations from a number of individuals and agencies including the Quay County Extension Office, Mesalands Dinosaur Museum, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

Relissa Nials, a soil conservationist with the state Natural Resources Conservation Service, sent the following statement about the event by e-mail Tuesday:

“The morning presentations were held from 8:30 until11:45 a.m. for 15 minutes each. Attendees included kindergarten through second grade students from Tucumcari Elementary School, second graders from Fort Sumner Elementary School, and kindergarten through fifth grade students from San Jon Elementary School. The afternoon presentations were held from 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. for 15 minutes each and attendees included third through fifth grade students from Tucumcari Elementary School and kindergarten through fifth grade students from Logan Elementary School. Tucumcari High School National Honor Society students volunteered to help throughout the day. Other volunteers were from Altrusa International of Tucumcari, Daughters of the American Revolution, Tucumcari Fire Department and Canadian River Soil and Water Conservancy District. Lunch and drinks for the presenters and volunteers were donated by the conservancy district. Port-a-Potties were donated by Southwest Quay Soil and Water Conservancy District. Water for the presenters and volunteers were donated by Lowe’s. The tables, chairs, and ice were donated by the Quay County Fair Barn. The Natural Resources Conservation Service staff that helped organize, plan, set up and present for the Tucumcari Outdoor Classroom 2011 Elementary Earth Day included Jim Norris, Louis Box, Relissa Nials, Lem Chesher, and Grace Phillips.”