Blackspace Oklahoma is a local nonprofit bringing support and education to the African American community.
Through a partnership with Oklahoma City Public Schools the group targeted Douglass High School and Martin Luther King Elementary School, to develop leadership skills and environmental protection.
They were challenged to create projects on things like air pollution, carbon monoxide poisoning, hazardous waste and others. And the students loved it.
“For a lot of them it was the first time they thought about how their actions impacted their communities and such. So, I think we had a really good buy in by them,” said Afiya Wilkins with Blackspace Oklahoma.
The students made presentations on the causes, effects, and solutions of how we store and dispose of many household products.
The group will end the current session with a household hazardous waste collection, this Saturday at Washington Park.
“I know we all have things like old paint, batteries, things that lie around the house for years because we just don’t know how to discard of them properly. But getting them out of the house really takes away some of the risk associated with having fumes and stuff in the house, said Wilkins. “Especially if you have children or grandchildren that have asthma or other respiratory illnesses.”
There is no cost for the household hazardous waste event. It will be held Saturday July 24 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Washington Park located on Northeast 4th Street and is open to anyone.