DOVER — For more than 10 years, Dover’s Horne Street Elementary School has been celebrating Earth Day, and Friday was no exception, except that Mother Earth decided that all needed an example of what she does to keep all systems “go” on the planet and decided to drop a little rain on the day.
More than 30 volunteers as well as almost 500 students spent the day cleaning and raking; filling up trucks with debris, and generally spiffing up the front as well as the rear of the property. The school’s garden in the rear provides sustenance for the students in the course of the year, as well as giving them experience in the planning and upkeep.
Parent Chris Jablonski has been assisting for five years and sees the value of the garden.
“We do two plantings and harvests a year,” he said. “This year we have added edible flowers to our vegetables, which the children will be eating in our cafeteria by the end of the school year. It makes the kids aware of the cycle of gardening and by virtue of that gives them a feeling of ownership and understanding.”
There were many jobs available. Addison Campbell, 9, had recently transferred to Horne Street and this was her first Earth Day. While dumping loam from a wheelbarrow into the front yard, she grinned, stating “this gives the kids an awareness of the earth and nature.”
In addition to onsite events, all of the kindergarten students were bused to Dover High School Technical Center to interact with the many animals residing.
Special events were held during the day, as the children learned about bees. Berwick Academy senior Quinn Santos has…
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