Class was in session Wednesday for students at the Morgantown Learning Academy who learned all about recycling, but instead of teachers standing at the front of the room it was a couple of teens.
"The way kids' brains are wired, they see someone doing something and think that becomes cool, like these trends, the Harlem Shake, or planking. It starts the same way, they see someone else doing it and say 'hey, that's cool, we should do it too," said Nathan Zucker, 13, of the Friends of Decker's Creek Youth Advisory Board.
The Friends of Decker's Creek Youth Advisory Board is made up of more than a dozen grade school-aged kids. Over the next few weeks it will be dropping by 11 schools in the Decker's Creek watershed to give out recycling bins and talk to students.
"These guys already know about it, but they need to be more informed and know how it's helping everyone and what they can do to help the environment because if no one makes a change, nothing will ever change, ever," Zucker said.
Wednesday's stop at the Morgantown Learning Academy was just the first for the Youth Advisory Board, and it was apparent the kids were all ears.
"I think if we don't recycle we won't have a planet to live on," said 5th grader Tommy Ballock.
"The planet will be covered in garbage and we won't have anymore resources to use, because we used them all," said 5th grader Ishan Batheia
"I feel like the kids we have here already do it on their own, at home," said teacher Amanda Menihan. "My middle school kids, weekly there is a job for the recycler but several of the kids always want to know 'can I help, can I help, can I do the recycling?' so they are very eager participants."
To learn more about the Youth Advisory Board, and to get your kids involved visit its web site.