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Nevis third graders celebrate Earth Day

Students headed outside to clean up the school grounds.

Earth Day was April 22, and students in Lindsay Johnson’s third grade class at Nevis School had been doing artwork and writing about ways to help the earth. On Wednesday, when a rare day of warmth and sunshine appeared, they headed outside to pick up trash on the school property.
Contributed / Lindsay Johnson
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Students in Lindsay Johnson’s third grade class spent quite a bit of time discussing and reading about why Earth Day was created and what each of us can do to help the Earth.

They painted globes on plastic plates followed by weaving red yarn through a heart cut out in the middle as a special Earth Day craft.

Third graders created this artwork to portray loving the Earth.
Contributed / Lindsay Johnson

“Both students and staff find Earth Day extremely special in Nevis because of the beautiful area we live in,” Johnson said. “Nature surrounds us and with summer quickly approaching we are reminded as to why we love living in northern Minnesota. Once the sun finally came out, we spent an afternoon cleaning up our assigned area around the school and collected an impressive amount of garbage.”

These are some student responses to the writing prompt, “For Earth Day, my family and I like to help our beautiful planet by … ”:

  • Going into the ditches and cleaning up garbage. (Declan)
  • Planting pretty flowers and other plants. (Hope)
  • Making bird feeders out of plastic cups. (Elliot)
  • Collecting pop tabs to re-use them in creative ways. I also like to use foam and fur for projects. (Moreigh) 
  • Going into the ditches to pick up trash on our four-wheeler. (Micah) 
  • Re-using everything I find for my crafts. We also pick up trash every single Earth Day. (Naiara)
  • Going on walks together and picking up trash along our way. (Lynden) 
  • Walking around and picking up millions of old cigarettes. (Hunter)
  • Riding my bikes to places with my friends instead of sitting in a car. (Korbyn) 
  • Pulling a sled on our four-wheeler through the ditches to pick up trash. (Briggs)
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Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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