The students at Clermont Northeastern Middle School honored Earth Day April 22.
Appropriately wearing green and blue attire, the students, who are also taking the Ohio State Achievement Tests this week, participated in a book exchange to stress the importance of reusing and recycling books, were engaged in collecting cans all week, were encouraged to bring a no waste lunch to school (most did), and the science classes were held outside in the sunshine.
CNE Middle School science and language arts teacher Melody Newman, who is a self-described lifetime environmentalist, said that the middle school honors Earth Day each year to stress the importance of nature and the protection of our most precious natural resources.
“The CNE campus is unique because we have our own nature center with more than 100 acres of unspoiled beauty,” Newman said. “We also have a lovely and serene pond right outside the school doors, and we are in the process of building a birdhouse, something that our students are very excited about.”
The middle school is working on a recycle art project, of which the winning designs will be put on display at next month's art show, the fifth grade classes will be doing pond studies and stream monitoring in the afternoons, and engage in walks in the woods behind the school; activities all designed to give students an appreciation of the interconnectedness of things in nature, Newman said.
Fifth-grader Joey Blanton said that Earth Day, and all of the school's weekly coinciding events, have taught him much about the conservation and preservation of the earth's beauty and it's natural resources; so much so in fact that it has inspired him to make changes in his home and his neighborhood.
"Earth Day is important to everyone," Blanton said. "We all need to be aware of how we treat our earth, and most importantly, to improve on and fix the problems that we have already created. I have learned this week that it is never too late for us to do our small part in helping out our environment and protecting it for our children."
CNE Middle School principal Kathy Sabo said that even though Earth Day is officially celebrated only once a year, the students devote time and energy to the concepts, ideas, and awareness of the event all year long.
"Every day is Earth Day at Clermont Northeastern Middle School," the principal said.