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Just what will kids pick up?

We all like to keep our school clean, but we wondered if kids would help do their part.

We had a little experiment. We put a cellphone on the floor and a crushed water bottle near it. We wanted to find out if kids would pick either one up. We put each item close together on the side of the hall. We moved the items to various places throughout the school. More than 100 kids walked by; 16 students picked up the cellphone, seven picked up the water. All of us were surprised by the number of kids who did not notice the items. We observed the kids, and one little kid tried to walk away with the cellphone. We were so impressed that there were kids who just picked up the bottle and put it in the trash! We did this because we thought it would be interesting to see how many would pick up each.

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