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Mix 265 elementary school students, with 45 student teachers, 750 acres of the great outdoors, budding trees, blooming flowers, a pond teeming with life, flocks of ducks and geese, bullfrogs, and a beautiful spring day, and what do you get?

It all adds up to an environmental education opportunity which benefits both the young students and their student educators.

Under the guidance of Dr. Colleen Sexton and Bruce Ketcher of Governors State University’s College of Education, and their college students, the children of Jefferson Elementary School in Chicago Heights participated in a day of environmental education activities on the grounds of the university. The first through eighth graders were taught by students currently studying to be elementary school teachers.