Held in partnership with the Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District (CCMAD), the event taught families how to prevent mosquito breeding in their household and community. Mosquitoes are known to carry a variety of life-threatening diseases including yellow fever and more recently, the Zika virus.
Booths hosted by partners including Republic Services, Kathy's Critters, the Central Basin Municipal Water District engaged attendees with community resources, environmental tips, games, and animal exhibits -- all of them served to remind attendees of their equal role in protecting their community and the planet.
Students also learned that mosquito abatement goes hand-in-hand with keeping their neighborhood safe and clean.
Tips include properly shutting off running water outdoors to prevent standing water, which attracts mosquitoes, and eliminating standing water from buckets, tires, and toys sitting in your yard before it becomes mosquito breeding ground.
Compton School Board Vice-President Micah Ali, who also serves on CCMAD's Board of Trustees, said the annual event is held to empower families with knowledge that can protect their health and safety.
"This week in California is Mosquito Awareness Week. Mosquitoes cause more death throughout the world than anything. As the weather gets warmer, it's important for you to understand that this is when mosquitos breed," he said.
"The best way to protect the public is through community engagement and public education awareness."
Dickson sixth-grader Anthony Flores (center), who visited CCMAD's booth where students could look at mosquito larvae and mosquito-eating Gambusia, said he and his classmates learned a lot about preventing mosquito breeding in their home.
"I learned that you need to dump out standing water. You can put into a container," he said.
Fellow sixth-grader Juan Flores said is aware of the risks that come with mosquito breeding grounds.
"Mosquitoes can carry deadly diseases like the Zika virus and yellow fever. We need to be careful during the summer. That's why I'm trying to learn a lot about them," he said.