Sixth grade students at Salina Intermediate learn that their voice really matters. Students in Mrs. Hamade’s and Mrs. Abdelbaki’s science class got to see first-hand that voicing concerns over environmental issues will spark a response from important people– like the President of the United States. In the fall of 2013, these students were studying the effects of pollution on the environment. This is when they decided to write a class letter relaying their concern about the amount of smog from the factories in their neighborhood. In the letter that they sent to President Obama, they used information that they learned in their science unit on how humans affect the Earth. They also learned how to properly write a letter of concern to public officials. A couple months later, the teachers and students were very excited to receive a large envelope from the White House addressed to their class. The letter explained how happy the President is to learn that young people are interested in important issues like these and what they can do to help the environment. The letter from the White House along with pictures that were also sent will be framed in the main showcase of the school. Needless to say, this science lesson will be a memorable one for these students!