Oak Hill Elementary Celebrates Planet Earth

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Photos by Maya Pottiger

On Friday, April 26, Oak Hill Elementary students celebrated Earth Day. Due to the predicted inclement weather, some of the planned activities extended into Monday.

Fifth-graders were paired with pre-K students to do different art projects. One of the projects was painting rocks with kindness words on them to add to the school’s growing One And Only You rock garden, which lines the sidewalk leading to the main entrance. Students also colored in pictures of the Earth.

Third-grade teacher Lori Pere created the Green Team and organized its student ambassadors. Because Oak Hill is a Green School, the Green Team meets monthly to come up with new ideas for making the school environmentally friendly, like posting reminders to save water and electricity.

During the Earth Day festivities, Green Team ambassadors taught lessons to the younger grades, gave Earth Day speeches and read books.

Prior to Earth Day, students had the opportunity to create a replica of the Earth. Each replica includes a note on how that individual person can make the Earth better. There were roughly 20 submissions, which are now on display in the school’s media center.

Other Earth Day activities included taking nature walks and making tie-dyed shirts. On Monday, everyone took a school-wide photo in their tie-dyed shirts. The shirt colors were broken up by grade level to make a rainbow.

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