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Kids in Action - April 2022

Elizabeth J. Kleinert, Ashkum

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Elizabeth Kleinert is a winner of the Illinois Conservation Foundation’s Conservation Achievement Scholarship. As an FFA member and officer at Clifton Central High School, Kleinert worked with fellow members to secure grant funding for a tree-planting initiative prompted by the woodland losses caused by emerald ash borer, planting new native trees near a local ballpark. Her work with the FFA also includes talking to younger students about the benefits of environmentally sound practices on the farm, and efforts such as recycling in rural areas and local communities.