BAY HEAD- Bay Head School students in grades sixth through eighth participated in various Earth conservation activities on April 21 and April 22 in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day.
According to science teacher Lauren Galarza, the students helped to upcycle old Positive Partner shirts that are no longer used. They were then turned into Earth Day celebration shirts and the kids came up with their own designs.
Then, sixth grade students planted seedlings of wild flowers, sweet basil, oregano and parsley for the soon-to-be-completed pollinator garden and classroom aquaponics system. According to Ms. Galarza, The pollinator garden will be weeded and replaced with all new plants grown in the classroom. The aquaponics system will grow the herbs and was awarded to the class by the Bay Head School Foundation back in the fall.
The students also participated in a math Earth Day packet to connect with issues the Earth is facing, such as the fact that 80 percent of the plastic ever made on Earth is still found in landfills around the world, according to Ms. Galarza.
The seventh grade students participated in a virtual tour of Longwood Gardens and arboretum in Pennsylvania, and learned about the science and techniques used to manage Champion trees. Next, they participated in some Earth Day trivia led by seventh grade student Jack Quick. Finally, with the help of our school’s maintenance manager Ryan Martin and Henry Solarte, students planted a red maple tree in the front yard of the school. According to Ms. Galarza, the kids helped with digging, filling and setting up the water gator.
“It was a great day full of conservation efforts, facts and learning about the importance of ‘investing in our Earth,’” said Ms. Galarza. “Which also happens to be this year’s Earth Day theme.”
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