MUNCIE – Elementary school students can have a significant impact on the environment, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management believes, as they partake in waste minimization and pollution prevention curriculum.

However, for some schools in Muncie, education on the environment doesn’t stop at the elementary-school level. Lance Brand, faculty supervisor of the Environmental Club at Delta High School, said teaching high school students about the environment is “one of the most important things (we) can do.”

Brand said he started the club because he didn’t think people were aware enough of human contribution to the planet.

“(High schoolers’) knowledge and respect for the planet and the choice they make over their lifetime will be huge to the health of all of us and our planet for generations to come,” said Brand.

The group started 15 years ago and runs a weekly recycling program at Delta High School, said Brand, adding they try to complete four road cleanups quarterly through Adopt-a-Highway, participate in the White River and Mississinewa River Cleanups and in Pepsi’s recycle rally program.

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