Students celebrate Earth Day with new trees

April 22, 2009 4:22:50 PM PDT
One hundred trees will sprout on the campus of a school in West Chester.

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The state of Pennsylvania provided free seedlings to students at Ss Simon and Jude School in celebration of Earth Day.

First graders worked side by side with seventh graders, while the big kids shoveled, the little ones stomped their soon to be trees into the ground.

The kids learned lots of pointers about Earth Day and saving the environment; such as the importance of the day and its events.

"You try to keep the environment safe for the future and you try to keep it clean," first grader Allison Lynch said.

"You should recycle whenever you see trash on the floor," first grader Kieran McCarney said.

"We have to start recycling more in the world and start carpooling with people and start taking buses instead of having individual rides," seventh grader Comenic Siravo said.

"When we go home, we should shut off the lights to save electricity," seventh grader Kathryn Spaight said.

"I learned how to take care of the Earth by planting flowers," first grader Andrew Wright said.

However, they all learned, today, the importance of trees.

"Early American settlers made chewing gum out of bees wax and sap from spruce trees," seventh grader Chris Sheehan said.

For many celebrating Earth Day, today's weather kind of put a damper on things, but at this Catholic school, these students considered today's sporadic showers God's way of shedding tears on their new trees.

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