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May 15, 2014

Fourth-graders learn about environment during Conservation Day

DUNCAN — Fourth-grade students from 13 classrooms in five grade schools learned about the environment on Wednesday during the sixth annual Conservation Day at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center.

 This year, 263 fourth-graders participated in the program made possible through Halliburton and the Stephens County Soil Conservation District.

The students attended 13 sessions, each lasting about 15 minutes.

“They learn about health, science and the environment, but there is a real heavy focus on the environment,” Bobby Dodson, one of the event organizers, said. “They’re presented with a lot of things they don’t learn in the classroom.”

Dodson and Randy Burum started the program in 2009 to provide another education opportunity for fourth-graders. While students and teachers enjoy the program, so do the Halliburton employees and the presenters, Burum said.

The program is financed by Halliburton employees, Burum said. They host fundraisers to pay for it. About 35 to 40 employees help with the program each year.

Dodson spoke highly of Halliburton letting employees take time to work with the students.

“Halliburton is really generous about letting employees off,” Dodson said.

Many of the same presenters return to the program year after year, Dodson said. While there are some new faces each year, he said many of the presenters look forward to interacting with the students.

This year’s presentations ranged from learning about electricity and the water cycle to  fossils  and  robotics.

“We really appreciate the presenters,” Dodson said. “They do a great job.”

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