Earth Day 2016: Celebrating Our Planet

The students at Trevose Day School and Neshaminy Montessori celebrated Earth Day on Friday, April 22nd by participating in numerous activities that focus on being environmentally friendly and aware of how they use and reuse the things around them.

Our Earth Day celebration started with all the students watching an animated film they created with John Serpentelli, their animation teacher, called Why The Sky Is So Far Away. The students were all so excited to see their pieces of art in motion and in a film! 

The rest of the morning was spent outside visiting different centers that focused on reusing everyday objects and promoting healthy, clean living. The children planted seeds in eggs shells and old egg containers that can be planted directly into our garden beds. They sorted out worms from the compost to use in the plantings too! There was also a station for reusing water bottles for rooting clippings of basil, spider plants and other clippings too. 

Ms. Denton's class was fascinated that old water bottles could be decorated so nicely and be reused for plants. All the children had the opportunity to make 2 different types of bird feeders and decorated the fence and trees with them. On the other side of the school yard, Ms. William's class loved up-cycling old materials such as pool noodles, beach toys and dishes into tree sculptures along our fence.

Ms. Fishman's class loved stringing cheerios onto yarn. Each student had one end of the yarn and they loved working with their "buddy" to see how many pieces they could string together to feed the birds and squirrels.

Everyone loves creating art with nature! The students created colorful fruit and vegetable prints, as well as natural mosaics, using only found objects on the ground including pinecones, acorns, and twigs. Mrs. McNally's Montessori class loved making prints with fruits and vegetables. They were so excited to see the different shapes that were made by potatoes, apples, celery and more!

The parents provided platters of fresh fruits and vegetables that were eagerly enjoyed for an Earth Day snack! Students from Mrs. Hines' Montessori class were very excited to try unfamiliar fruits and veggies such as kiwi, blood oranges and peppers! They loved being able to sample so many new and different things.

After enjoying lunches that were mostly trash free, everyone gathered in the barn for some Earth Day readings by Mrs. Buckley's 2nd and 3rd graders. These lively readings focused on recycling and reusing to save the earth. They also talked about being kind to nature and that everything, even a tiny ant, has a place and purpose on this planet.

Mrs. Buckley's students presented their stories with enthusiasm and passion, clearly representing how all of the students at Trevose Day School and Neshaminy Montessori feel about saving the earth!

We hope that you all had a wonderful Earth Day!