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Go Green Games hopes to inspire next generation of environmentalists

Inspiring the next generation of environmentalists may seem like a lofty goal, but local nonprofit WayOut Kids and Waste Connections companies are hopeful that the inaugural Go Green Games will help get kids moving in the right direction.

“We wanted to bring awareness about our environment to educate youth,” event organizer from WayOut Kids J.D. Davis said. “It will bring awareness to kids to reduce pollution.”

Saturday’s (Aug. 29) event features bounce houses, garbage truck demonstrations and more — all with a focus on the environment.

“It’s really about educating Pierce County about the environment,” Davis said.

Specifically, kids will learn how their activities effect Puget Sound’s water quality, how their behaviors contribute to polluted runoff and learn how to recycle.

This is the first year of the event, but organizers are hopeful it will become an annual tradition for citizens of Puyallup and Pierce County alike.

Karma Indian Cuisine and Lounge and the Fiesta Taqueria & Tequila Bar have come on board with organizers to provide raffle prizes, which include a prize for a free meal twice a month for a child for life, according to event coordinator John Bristol.

“They are so vested in teaching children about the environment they are giving away free meals,” Bristol continued.

“It’s really all about getting out there and having fun,” Davis said. “Maybe it will create the next generation of environmentalists, too.”

The Go Green Games will run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 29) at the Meridian Habitat Park & Community center, 14422 Meridian East on South Hill.

For more information, visit www.wayoutkids.com.