Library hits the road, puts on Earth Day program at state park

According to Franklin Memorial Library, 30 energetic and inquisitive 4- and 5-year-olds at George L. Smith State Park makes for loads of fun.

Two library staffers found out just how much fun a situation like this could be last week. Shari Watt and Danielle Johnson traveled to the park just outside of Twin City on March 18 to meet two pre-K classes from Twin City Elementary. There, they delivered a program centered around Earth Day.

As part of this program, the young students were introduced to earthworms. Watt showed the groups some of these worms firsthand and told how they help as a species by tilling the soil and breaking down dead leaves into compost. Both classes were then given an “Earthworm Wormy” to observe earthworm activity in their classrooms.

Next, the students learned about living and nonliving things alike as well as where they belong.

This discussion saw Watt teach the pre-K’ers that nonliving items like plastic products, paper, bottles, and aluminum cans belong in trash cans, not on roadsides or discarded in parks like George L. Smith. Similarly, living matter like plants and animals are not trash and should not be abandoned at dumpsters or on the roadside.

The children also learned why living things are important, thanks to the book “Biscuit’s Earth Day Celebration,” which was read aloud.

Students were then divided into groups and embarked on a nature hunt for living things around the park.

Finally, they painted pictures of Earth to remind themselves about the importance of caring for planet Earth and all the living matter on it.

Two ways to celebrate Earth Day every day, Watt and Johnson shared with the students in closing, are to not litter and to protect the planet’s waterways.

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