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Sunday May 1, 2016 at 4:24pm Age: 3 yrs
Category: Otisville Elementary


On a bright and breezy Earth Day, hundreds of Otisville Elementary students bounded down the school’s front steps and gathered on the lush grassy field below to sing and talk about how to love and protect the planet we call home.


Mrs. Parker opened the April 21 ceremony with some kindly Earth humor: “How can you tell the ocean is friendly? It waves!” “Why did the sun go to school? To get brighter.”


Mrs. Hughes led the school in the “Earth Day Helpers” song, followed by remarks from Recycling Club president, Cameron Hunt. Classes of all grades presented on eco-friendly themes with practical advice on how to avoid harming the planet and reduce water and energy waste – also known as green acts. Suggestions included shutting off the water while brushing our teeth and turning off the light when we leave a room.


Students designed posters, wrote poetry, performed theme songs, and unveiled a robot made from recyclables. 


The event culminated with the school community reciting the Earth Day Pledge:

“I pledge to keep our world beautiful. I pledge to keep America beautiful. I pledge to keep our environment clean and healthy. By doing a green act everyday […] the whole year round.”


The entire school community commends Earth Day event organizers, teachers Laura Bendlin, Tara Frawley, and Kim Mynders, and recognizes their sustained commitment to the Otisville Recycling Club.