Glenshire Elementary School students clean up campus |

Glenshire Elementary School students clean up campus

Photo by Josh Miller/Sierra Sun All in a day's work. Glenshire first graders landscape the grounds around their school for Earth Day.

Staff reports

More than 500 children at Glenshire Elementary celebrated Earth Day on Friday by picking up trash, pulling weeds and placing mulch and wood chips around campus.

And it was hard work. Lying down on the concrete median in front of Glenshire Elementary School, first-grader Nicole Graham looked exhausted.

“We’re hot and we’re tired of picking out weeds, so we wanted to lay down,” she said, speaking for herself and first-grader Cody Tilton, who was also resting on the median. “We’ve been working out here for, like, eight hours.”

Jan Ellis from Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships and volunteers from local nurseries and landscaping businesses came out to help and provide supplies for the Earth Day project.

They also held an assembly in the morning and sang “Earth Day songs,” said Principal Kathleen Gauthier.

“I told [the students] it takes everyone; Every single person is important to take care of the planet and our school,” she said. “We have 10 acres [on campus], so that’s a big job.”

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