In one ear and out the other. That's what most parents think is happening when they talk to their kids. Whether it's nutrition, or the environment, or that most dreaded of parental topics — sex — that glazed-over look we get from our kids often makes us think that every word we speak is going straight in one ear and out the other.
But guess what parents, the kids really ARE listening. Just like 8-year-old Logan Qualls from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, was listening last year when his second-grade class took part in his city's annual program: Make Every Day Earth Day — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Logan lisented so well, in fact, to the information the city presented on conservation and recycling that a few months later when he visited a local city park on an outing with his family, he was shocked to find no facilities for recycling.
The Preston Elementary schooler wrote a letter to Mayor Don L. Robart, expressing his concern that recycle bins should be available in every local park. And the mayor listened. Thanks to Logan's letter, the city's Parks and Recreation Department will provide "Logan's Recycle Paks" to all those who reserve a lodge or shelter in city park's this year. Each pack will contain a recycling bag complete with an easy-to-read list of acceptable materials that can be left at the park's lodge or shelter after an event.
Thanks for listening, Logan!