Celebrating and Nurturing Earth

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Reinhard students learned ways to nurture the planet during the school’s annual Earth Day celebration.

Kindergarten students kicked off the celebration with a recycled hat parade. They recited the Earth Day pledge during a gathering in the auditorium, where they sang, under the direction of music teacher Randi Andersen, the “Reinhard Song,” “Spring is Here,” “Spring has Sprung” and “This Land is Your Land.” Nassau County Legislator Steven Rhoads was also in attendance and told the students they are responsible for the planet.

“Earth Day teaches us that you have the power to make a difference in the world around you,” he said.

First- and second-grade students gathered in the auditorium to also recite the Earth Day pledge and to listen to Principal Patricia Castine’s recitation of Jane Yolen’s poem “Earth Day.” They performed several songs for including “What do Animals Need” for friends and family.

In addition to the class celebrations, students assisted faculty with the planting of flowers in the courtyard and a tree, purchased with donations from the PTA and Legislator Rhoads.

Throughout the day, the students were constantly reminded that they are stewards of the planet. They also received a special treat of ice pops from Legislator Rhoads to celebrate the day.