HAMBURG- Twenty-three students at Hamburg Elementary School received the first annual Michigan Environmentalist Award from Gov. William G. Milliken Wednesday for their contribution towards the purchase of a dredge which is being used to test for pollutants in the Great Lakes. Although the class members were in the fourth grade when they made their contribution last spring, they are now in the fifth grade. Their teacher is Mrs. Barbara Brown, who received a certifícate from the governor in behalf of her class in the school's multi-purpose room. Mrs. Brown explained that last spring the children came up with $69.67 by collecting empty pop bottles, holding a bake sale, printing and selling a school newspaper, doing odd jobs around the community and donating their lunch money. The money was.then sent to the State Water Resources Commission which bought a small, box-like dredge for testing the bottoms of lakes and streams for pollutants. Gov. Milliken told the students, "You students provide a real inspiration for others who want to keep our world clean. May your example encourage other individuals and groups to devote themselves to the elimination of all forms of pollution and environmental abuse and to the restoration of our nation's scenic natural beauty." The governor made the trip to the school because he was unable to meet with the students at the Capítol last spring to accept their check.
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