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EPA Marks Earth Day by Teaching Middle School Students About Gulf Environment

Contact Information: 
Davina Marraccini (marraccini.davina@epa.gov)

ATLANTA – Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gulf of Mexico Program will mark the 46th observance of Earth Day educating 200 students at Peter F. Alba Middle School in Bayou La Batre, Ala., about the Gulf of Mexico environment.

Small groups of students will rotate among stations featuring green, hands-on experiences. The activities have been carefully chosen to increase environmental literacy of the Gulf of Mexico, promote stewardship and support children’s health.

The activities will include:

  • Water filtration - students will experiment with filtering water using fine sand, coarse sand, and gravel;
  • Oil spill cleanup - students will try different types of absorbents to absorb oil;
  • Enviroscape - students will use a coastal model to visualize runoff and its effects on coastal waters; and
  • Water test kits - students will have the opportunity to test water for pH, temperature, clarity, etc.


Principal Rhonda Mayfield, Peter F. Alba Middle School;

Lael Butler, EPA-Gulf of Mexico Program;

LaKeshia Robertson, EPA-Gulf of Mexico Program;

Jerry Binninger, EPA-Gulf of Mexico Program; and

Jeanne Allen, EPA-Gulf of Mexico Program


Earth Day Educational Program with Peter F. Alba Middle School Students


Friday, April 22, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CST


Peter F. Alba Middle School

14180 South Wintzell Ave.

Bayou La Batre, AL


***Credentialed members of the media must RSVP to Davina Marraccini at Marraccini.davina@epa.gov or 404-562-8293. The event is not open to the public.

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