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School

Elementary Students Learn About Earth Day

Rachael Lehman

Earth Day, which will be celebrated on April 22, has gained notice and is a day that should bring more awareness to better understanding our climate and environment worldwide.

According to earthday.org, the world is currently losing over 15 billion trees a year.

There are many groups trying to start reforestation projects to get more trees growing.

People are cutting down more trees than are being planted, which will soon damage the oxygen production.

“Battle Ground Elementary has been distributing trees to third grade children for well over 20 years,” said Tina Cupp, who is a second- and third-grade teacher. “I appreciate that the trees come with a paper that tells the kind of tree it is, in what type of environment it will thrive, and where to plant it.”

The schools that do get trees, get them from the Arbor Day Foundation.

Much more could be done community-wide to bring awareness to the environment by celebrating this day at all schools, including Harrison, in ways similar to Battle Ground’s program.

“I think it's important for children to feel good about doing something positive for the environment,” Cupp said. “They can also watch the tree grow in their own yards and feel a sense of connectedness and accomplishment.”

Since trees are somewhat expensive, it is good that the schools are giving them to the students to plant, since some families might not be able to afford them. Only third-graders at Battle Ground Elementary school get a tree to take home and plant.

People should get more involved with planting these trees because our future depends on it.

Trees help provide oxygen for us which allows us to breathe.

If we don’t have very many trees in the future, we won’t have a chance to survive. Trees are what keep us alive, so we need to take care of them and continue planting them to repopulate the trees.

“The children will be able to reflect on this positive act and pay it forward when they are adults,” Cupp said.