“I think we should plant trees because if we didn’t have trees we wouldn’t have air.”
Six-year-old Tegan Whithers neatly summed up the message behind Friday’s schools tree day 2017, a national initiative by Planet Ark that has been going since 1996.
All the students at Beelbangera Public School got outside on a gorgeous Sping-like day and planted a host of trees donated by Bunnings Warehouse.
“I like planting trees, but I prefer catching frogs,” student Ruby Davis said, carefully pouching two frogs before setting them free.
Teacher aide Kay Catanzariti said, “the children loves this day so much and it’s so good for them – especially kids with special needs”.
Beelbangera have long been innovators when it comes to teaching students about the environment and making good use of their lush green surroundings – with a sensory garden established next to the classroom.
Teacher aide Kay Catanzariti said, “we are growing upside down tomatoes and vertical carrots, and we use the produce to make soups”.
The students we spoke to seemed very knowledgeable about the environment, and other issues affecting the local community.
“I really don’t like what’s happening with the hospital at the moment,” Jemma Gosby-Smith said.
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