- The frontline against Aquatic Invasive Species starts at boat landings across the Northwoods. But understanding what you're fighting starts in Northwoods Schools.
That's why Arbor-Vitae Woodruff Elementary School teachers are teaching their students about AIS.
More than 50 fourth grade students have been learning about invasive species, participating in field work, and going on field trips through The Great Lakes Expedition. It's all part of the school's curriculum to teach fourth grade students about Wisconsin's history and geography.
"We are an expeditionary learning school so we study topics in depth," said Fourth Grade Teacher Susan Jurries. "[Topics that] are important to our local community, which this is very local," added Fourth Grade Teacher Liz Reuss.
Students also submitted posters to the Northwoods Invasive Species Poster Contest, which had more than 200 fourth grade poster submissions across several counties.
Thursday night, AV-W students showcased their posters. Several of them also received awards and ribbons for their great work.
"[It's great] to engage students and youth in that topic and to see what they come up with [and] their artistic [abilities] and also the technical skills. It's just amazing to see what they do," said Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas.
The first place and overall Best of Show winner was Sydney Bartelt. For the last three years, AV-W has had fourth grade students place in the poster contest.
The winning posters will be turned into placemats and be used at local restaurants to educate the public. There will also be a traveling exhibit throughout the month of June that will have the winning posters on display at local libraries.
Here is the list of winners from the 2017 poster contest:
Most Improved: Lincoln Nicholson, Evan Carlson, and James Plasky.
Honorable Mentions: Lorraine Maki, Stevie Brown, Sydney Pitzer, Amelia Wright, Alykah Ashe, Saylor Timmerman, and Alexis Rembert.
Third Place: Elise Lamers
First Place and Best of Show: Sydney Bartelt