Students at JEH, from pre-K through 5th grade were involved in various activities around the school and the community for Earth Day on Wednesday. The work is part of the ongoing efforts that have contributed to JEH's unique distinction as a Maryland state certified Green School.
The day started with pre-k and kindergarten students clearing the school yard of trash, using grabbers provided by the Baltimore Community ToolBank. First and second graders were then joined by Darin Crew of Blue Water Baltimore, who led the students in a cleanup of the school rain garden, which was installed in 2012. While third and fourth graders worked to weed and plant flowers in the courtyard outdoor classroom with Alison Worman and Isabel Antreasian of the Whitelock Community Farm, fifth graders walked to the Lennox Street Community Garden, with Friends School of Baltimore students, where they assisted Garden Manager Rosemary Peternel with garden cleanup efforts.
The day's planned culmination of a tree planting on Linden Avenue with Elise Victoria and Elise Bruner of Blue Water Baltimore was unfortunately cancelled, due to rain and heavy winds, but the two instead spoke to the fourth and fifth grade students on the importance of trees and litter cleanup in protecting our waterways. Blue Water will be back out on Linden Avenue bright and early tomorrow morning to plant the trees planned for Wednesday, in addition to several more.
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