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The GM Wentzville Assembly plant kicked off its Earth Day events April 11 with the help of 13 science students from Wentzville’s Holt High School, according to a press release. The students prepared areas of the plant property for three habitat projects, including butterfly gardens and improvements to storm water retention ponds for aquatic life.

“We’re very grateful to GM Wentzville for providing their property as an ‘outside laboratory’ for our students to learn more about environmental stewardship and research,” said Alexandra Brownell, science teacher, Holt High School, in the press release.

“Having the support of these advanced science students makes our environmental commitment even more special, and we are glad to offer these real-life conservation opportunities,” said David Aspen, environmental engineer, GM Wentzville.

GM Wentzville also partnered with the Greenway Network’s Mission: Clean Stream project April 12 for a Saturday morning cleanup of area creeks, streams and other waterways, hosting 75 community volunteers. Teams were deployed across St. Charles County on the hunt for paper waste, metal scrap, tires and other trash.

In addition, the Wentzville plant hosted an Earth Day Festival that same day, featuring environmentally-friendly crafts, energy saving home improvement experts, and live bluegrass music. There were also displays of GM vehicles, including the new Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup truck, which will be launched for production at the Wentzville plant later this year along with the GMC Canyon pickup.