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Nov. 30 Science Class in Kansas City, Kan., to Kick Off EPA’s 40 Years Protecting Communities

Release Date: 11/29/2010
Contact Information: Kris Lancaster, 913-551-7557 or 816-719-6375 (cell for event only), lancaster.kris@epa.gov


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Kansas City, Kan., Nov. 29, 2010) - News media representatives are invited to attend a Nov. 30 science class at Resurrection Catholic School in Kansas City, Kan., at which EPA representatives and school staff will highlight environmental education and EPA’s 40th anniversary.

During the class, EPA representatives will teach students about the Agency’s 40 years of protecting American communities. EPA representatives will also help students identify different types of hazardous materials such as corrosives, explosives, gases and flammables.

Steve Kucharo, science teacher at Resurrection Catholic School, will discuss the identification of unsafe chemicals and educate students about dangerous and harmful chemical reactions.

WHAT: Environmental education for eighth grade students; remarks about EPA’s 40th anniversary

WHEN: Tuesday, November 30, 2010. (Interview opportunities for news media, 12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.; science class from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.)

WHERE: Resurrection Catholic School, 425 N. 15th Street, Kansas City, Kan. Parking available for news media in the parking lot next to the church at 14th Street and Sandusky.

WHO: EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks, EPA Region 7 On-Scene Coordinator Doug Ferguson, Resurrection Catholic School Principal Ann Connor, and Resurrection Catholic School Teacher Steve Kucharo

Resurrection Catholic School at the Cathedral was founded in 2007 after the consolidation of three schools: St. Peter’s, St. John’s/Holy Family and All Saints. The school serves 250 students from preschool through eighth grade and supports personnel and 25 teachers. In 2009 it was honored as the Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann Catholic Education Foundation School of Excellence.

This event is one of several across the country to kick off a weeklong commemoration of EPA’s 40th anniversary. EPA opened for business on December 2, 1970. Americans across the nation took up a call for cleaner air, safer water and unpolluted land. They saw that to keep families healthy, to build clean communities, and to make America stronger for the future, we needed to protect and preserve our environment. At its formation, EPA was tasked with repairing the damage already done to the environment and establishing guidelines to help Americans make their environment cleaner and safer.

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