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If you want to know about the issue of global warming, then check out SMJUHSD Home School’s award-winning display.

The project entitled “Global Warming: Fact or Fiction?’’ can be seen at The Santa Maria Public Library throughout the month of September. It also focused on how the use of alternative forms of transportation could impact carbon emissions.

More than 20 students participated in the hands-on project with teachers Deanne Rosing and Dr. Catherine Ulrich. Students used literature, videos and field trips involving a train and electric bus to decide what was valid scientific evidence. The group then created parts of the display designed to explain where they stood on the issue: Fact or Fiction.

“Global warming is occurring and it is likely the fault of the increase of pollution and greenhouse gases we produce,’’ said Maddie Allen, a former student who participated in the project and now attends Hancock College.

The display was designed by Nichole Gomez, a senior who also graduated last year and attends Hancock College. It’s featured in a large glass case with opinions, definitions and facts about global warming.

The SMJUHSD Home School Program funded the studies with two $500 Care For The Earth Grants last year from the Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control Board and other community partners.

The district’s Home School Program presently has more than 40 students and the classroom is located on the second floor of the main city library. The program allows students, who often face adversity or unusual circumstances, to receive a quality high school education in a small setting. Openings are available.

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