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Georgetown students inspired at Earth Day event

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Every day is Earth Day

By Corinne Westeman

Whether they were sieving pollution out of the water, learning about solar beads, studying 3-D maps or observing worms, Georgetown Community School students were taking in the world around them so that they could one day make it a better place.

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On April 22, the school and the CSU Extension 4-H program co-hosted an Earth Day event for first- through sixth-graders to learn about different aspects of nature, such as the water cycle and the importance of plant life.

The students rotated around eight stations, including one where they pledged to help the earth in some way — whether big or small.

Some students pledged not to litter, to recycle more, to pick up trash, to ride their bike more, to plant more trees and to have reusable bags.

Sixth-grader Cadence Jennings said the pledge was her favorite part of the event because she got to share her thoughts on how to help stop pollution and save the planet.

Her goal, she said, would be to get rid of large factories, noting that even electric cars pollute the air during the manufacturing process. Cadence said she hoped people would walk more or find methods of transportation that didn’t pollute as much as cars.

She also hoped that people would switch over to more reusable and recyclable materials, such as glass, instead of plastic.

Likewise, second-grader Dublin Jennings, Cadence’s brother, said his goal was to clean up the Earth and make sure it stays nice and healthy. He intended to help with this by recycling, and walking and biking more to exercise and prevent pollution.

Dylan Ganzer, a third-grader at GCS, said he learned how important flowers were — that they weren’t just for beauty, but they give off oxygen. He hoped people would understand not to step on flowers, but to plant them and other flora instead.

Fellow third-grader Liam Ball said he was planning to clean up garbage wherever he could, starting in his hometown of Silver Plume. He hoped his parents and neighbors would help him in his effort.

“The world needs a lot of care,” Liam said.

This was the first time in three or four years the school had hosted an Earth Day event of this scale, co-organizer and fifth-grade teacher Megan Braakman commented, but she explained that the school wants to host it more in the future.

“We wanted something that involved the whole school,” she said, adding that the older grades also picked up trash around Georgetown, and everyone watched Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” earlier in the day.

Braakman said the goal is to take the event to more schools in future years, as it’s a cool celebration of Earth Day for the students and gives them life lessons to take with them.