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Fifth Graders Create Art to Battle Invasive SpeciesSubmitted: 04/18/2013
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

Fifth Graders Create Art to Battle Invasive Species
RHINELANDER - People worry more about aquatic invasive species after the ice melts in the Northwoods.

But this year, the awareness project is starting early - and at an early age for students.

Theresa Werner's fifth grade class in Rhinelander is just one of the classes in the area making posters.

The posters are for the Oneida County AIS contest.

The contest is meant to draw attention to the problem of invasives in our ter.

"(Eur)asian watermilfoil in some lakes, purple loosestrife, and zebra mussels in our lakes, and it's spreading really bad," says Alexa Adams.

"I was thinking that I just wanted to educate everybody about what invasive species can do to our waters," explains Izzy Haverkampf.
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"This is a very important project to me, so I took my time on this. I take my time on really good projects," says Robert Towne.

These posters will go against all other entries from the Oneida County area.

For Mrs. Werner's class, this project will become even more hands-on.

The students will go on the water to see invasive species for themselves.

"I'm really excited for it because I really want to see what it is all about and things like that," Hailee Verbist says.

The class will visit Boom Lake in late May - if there's no ice.

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