Grand Lake students set out to eradicate noxious weeds |

Grand Lake students set out to eradicate noxious weeds

Photo by Katie Looby/Sky-Hi Daily News

Ten-year-old Preston Capnerhurst pulled one weed from the ground after another.

After identifying the weeds near the Grand Lake Fire House, Grand Lake Elementary third- and fourth-graders were on a mission to terminate them all on Thursday .

“I guess I didn’t know about any noxious weeds,” Preston explained, as he got a firm grip on a chamomile. “I thought these ones right here were flowers.”

He was determined to also pull the roots from the ground so the weeds won’t come back. “I guess I had one that ripped, but then I got the root out.”

The fourth-grader estimated he pulled at least 20 weeds within the first half-hour.

“When we started there was a lot more,” Preston said. “It helps the community.”

“We’re pulling noxious weeds,” said fourth-grader Amanda Debevec, 9. “If we pull them then it will make a lot of people happy in our community.”

Neilie Tibbs, Forest Service weed technician, talked to the students about noxious weeds and showed them which ones to pull. “You got to get them when they’re young,” she joked.

The students with leather gloves could pull the chamomiles, while the others attacked the Canada thistles.

Eugene Cisnneros and Tyler Humble teamed up to fill their bag with chamomiles, which are a little prickly.

“They hurt a lot,” Tyler said. “One of them got in my foot … it stings.”

The students have been learning about noxious weeds and how to control them through assignments and non-fiction articles.

“We’re trying to do all the outside stuff within the next week or so,” said the students’ social studies and science teacher, Doug Goodwin.

“I’m very proud,” said Austin Brown, who carried a bundle of weeds almost as big as him. “I have to admit that some of these weeds I saw in the book I have never heard of before. Now I know who they are and I’m going to get them out of the earth.”

” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or

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