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Celebrating Earth Day 2020

Earth is special

Lots of nature around us!

Animals, birds all around us

Lots of trees and stuff that’s helpful

And stuff to eat

Thus begins a poem collaboratively written for Earth Day by three Kindergartners in Alexandra Wittner and Lynne Banta's class. (Read on for the full poem). Though separated by physical distance, Foote students gathered in spirit on the same beautiful planet to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22.

Guided by an exhaustive list of ways to celebrate the day generated by Foote faculty and staff, students wrote original poetry, left inspirational quotes for neighbors, investigated insects, played outside, planted seeds and composted food scraps for gardens yet to be planted.

Here's a snapshot of parent-submitted Earth Day photos, along with the Kindergarten poem in full:

A fourth grader gardening in his yard

 

Two brothers (Grades 7 and 4) enjoying a tranquil exploration in their neighborhood.

 

A fourth grader with a woolly bear caterpillar she found (and set free) in her yard

 

A fifth grader composting food scraps as part of an Earth Day science assignment to do something that is helpful for the environment

 

Two sisters, Grades 5 and 2, took to the sidewalk with chalk in one hand and a list of quotations paying homage to the Earth in the other. Together, they wrote chalk quotations on eight front stoops on their block.

 

A Kindergartner and her fourth grade brother decorated their driveway with messages in celebration of Planet Earth!

 

"Happy Earth Day"

        By three K-1 friends

 

Earth is special

Lots of nature around us!

Animals, birds all around us

Lots of trees and stuff that’s helpful

And stuff to eat

 

There are plants

Feathers and sticks

Worms

Full of surprises

 

There are buildings

Everywhere

Kindness

Earth is kind

 

Helpfulness

Water helps us

Earth helps us

when we need help

 

The world is where we live

People living in every block

People helping other people who do not have stuff

 

Please do not litter

Earth is kind to us

We need to be kind to the earth

 

Earth is happy!

Earth is our home!

 

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