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Earth Day With A Difference

Beachland Elementary devises an ingenious way to teach its students about the environment.

KIRB’s mascot Garbby poses with Garden Club Chairman Natalie Holtom Brown and students Mallory Padgett, Natalie Hauser and Trey Olmstead.

KIRB’s mascot Garbby poses with Garden Club Chairman Natalie Holtom Brown and students Mallory Padgett, Natalie Hauser and Trey Olmstead.

This year’s Earth Day, which celebrated the event’s 40th anniversary, meant something quite special at Beachland Elementary School. Between 9:15 a.m. and 3 p.m., each grade was given 45 minutes to rotate through four stations – Recycling, Nature Walk, Wildlife, and Weather – set up at the school’s main entrance off Indian River Drive.

The Recycling Station provided a relay game that allowed students to sort each type of garbage into the appropriate recycling bins, while the Nature Walk Station, hosted by Lee Rathbun and Alan McCarthy of the Rare Fruits Council, displayed the varied uses of the rare trees and plants found on the campus.

At the Wildlife Station, Florida Fish & Wildlife’s Ken Warren hosted a discussion about our state’s endangered species; at the final stop, the Weather Station featured “snow” cones and refreshments for the students, each of whom also received an Earth Day 2010 grab bag with educational materials highlighting the lessons learned during the event. A day to remember, indeed!

Read the entire article in the Summer 2010 issue