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B'ville: Fifth-graders celebrate Earth Day

On April 16, fifth-graders from Elden Elementary celebrated Earth Day a week early with an Earth Day walk to Mercer Park.

Students sported bright green "Go Green" shirts to remind passing motorists of the importance of protecting the environment. Once at the park, the fifth-graders did a little "spring cleaning," picking up trash.

This year the fifth-graders are studying green living. They kicked-off the semester-long unit in January with a visit from an OCRRA representative, who outlined Onondaga County's efforts to promote recycling.

As a culminating project for the green living unit, students are working in groups to create public service announcement videos regarding green living topics such as recycling paper, plastic bags and light bulbs. The PSA video project reinforces the district's fifth-grade science and technology curriculum as well as students' research skills.

Elden's Earth Day walk served to motivate students to work on their projects as well as to help the community.

Camryn Scott, left, and her classmate Gwen Mercer pick up trash at Mercer Park.

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