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With a mixture of science and magic, Joe Romano of Green Magic taught students at William B. Wade Elementary School about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling last week.

Sponsored by the school’s PTO, the Green Magic assembly aimed to educate students and staff about going green as the school continues to move in a more environmentally conscious direction.

Green coordinator Suki Gi wrote in an email that the school is actively becoming a “greener” school by recycling, turning off lights and being mindful of conserving water.

During the assembly, students learned about preserving water and using compact fluorescent light bulbs to save energy.

Students were able to see magician Romano recycle a used soda can and water bottle before their eyes, turning the used can into a new, unopened can of soda.

He urged students to use reusable water bottles to reduce the already 70 million plastic bottles Americans use each year.

An electronic bird told students about the dangers of plastic bags, as it was stuck in a bag prior to talking with them.

Wade Principal Virginia McGraw said the show was an exciting way to bring to life the green efforts the school is already doing.

McGraw said she learned a thing or two during the presentation, such as how to determine if a toilet is leaking.

Romano told students that by adding blue food coloring to the toilet tank and not using the toilet for about 20 minutes, you can tell if the toilet has a leak if the water in the bowl turns blue.

Romano talked to students about companies that are able to reuse and recycle materials to make new things such as toys. One item he discussed was a puzzle, the pieces of which contain seeds and can be planted to produce a flower garden.

The examples helped Romano relay his message to the students. “Before you throw something away, think about how you can reuse it,” he said.

Lilibeth Rios, 10, is a Go Green helper and helped start green efforts at her school.

Lilibeth said the school was recycling paper but not regularly. She said she brought this to the attention of the administration because she thought it was important to recycle.

She said she liked the program because Romano taught students that even though they are kids, they can still make a difference.

Lilibeth would like to see green efforts at the school continue.

Darryl Black, 10, said he learned that is important to recycle so that animals in the ocean don’t die or choke. He said it’s also important to recycle so landfills don’t fill up too quickly.

Gi said green efforts have been going on at the school for several years and, recently, the school participated in the Keep America Beautiful Recycle Bowl, a nationwide recycling competition for children.

The school is awaiting the results.

gphillips@somdnews.com