Celebrating Earth Day at Capital

9 years 7 months 2 weeks ago April 20, 2007 Apr 20, 2007 Friday, April 20 2007 Friday, April 20, 2007 5:07:50 PM CDT in News

The Earth Day events started off with a pledge to keep the environment clean and proceeded as a day of fun and activities.

"I really like watching the environmental survivor and looking at the trees and stuff," said Danielle Thompson, 5th grader.

Fifth graders throughout mid-Missouri visited the capital grounds today. They enjoyed several activities, including interactive booths that are geared toward their age groups. At least 50 classes from over 20 Missouri schools came to the capital for the event.

"It's just lot of fun. An opportunity to do some hands on learning with the kids," said Steve Plumb, 5th grade teacher.

One of the main goals of Earth Day is to teach kids about their personal environmental responsibilities. Some of the young people had already taken on those responsibilities.

"Yeah, I try. I've got this huge pile of cans in my shed," said Thompson.

Visitors received bags and trees to plant in hopes that what they learned will leave a lasting impression.

"My first impression was 'wow, this is gonna be so awesome,' and it was," said Thompson.

Earth Day officially began back in 1970, but this is the thirteenth year the Department of Natural Resources hosted an Earth Day celebration.

REPORTED BY COURTNEY SCHULTZ

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