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FISD Students Observe Earth Day Early (April, 2007)

Earth Day

The Friday before the official Earth Day celebrations in the city and around the country, was a day for Frisco campuses to celebrate as part of the school day.

Frisco schools include environmental education in its curriculum daily – by encouraging recycling on campuses, teaching about the earth and the environment in science classes, and encouraging students to respect the earth by keeping their schools and campuses clean. An FISD student named the city’s latest recycling truck, Recylina, and all the elementary campuses have held recycling programs of some type throughout the year. But many campuses planned special events for the Friday before Earth Day, April 22, in addition to encouraging their students to participate in Frisco’s annual citywide clean-up program on Saturday April 21.

Bright Elementary School’s student council was out early Friday morning wearing latex gloves as they picked up the trash around their campus. One teacher observed that much of the trash did not appear to have come from students but from other people who use the large, shady campus after school and on the weekends. Bottles and food wrappers and even an old work glove were just some of the things students picked up from around the school. The students also found out that the Texas wind also plays a part in distributing trash, as they struggled to catch blowing paper and wrappers.

The Frisco Garden Club volunteered at Roger’s Elementary Friday to help students install a Butterfly Garden. As the fifth grade put in the first plants, one member noticed a white butterfly already checking out the plants. The club purchased plants that were drought tolerant and known for attracting the winged creatures. “We found some milkweed, not the tropical kind, but the kind that attracts the Monarch butterfly at Shades of Green nursery,” said Gay Worley, club president. Milkweed has been disappearing in the wild and that is affecting the migration of the Monarch butterfly, according to the Garden Club members. The volunteers helped instruct children on what the plants are called and how deep to dig the holes for planting the raised beds at the school. Every grade level was involved, including kindergarten, which helped fill bird feeders with birdseed in the environmental garden area.

The Rogers students gathered that Friday to plant Memory Oak Tree in honor of deceased students and teachers who were once part of the Rogers family during its almost 20 years of operation.