Tree day fun
ENVIRONMENTALLY conscious Year 7 students from Mossman State Primary School dug deep for National Tree Day.
The students planted 50 plants and trees for National Tree Day on Sunday.
Greening Australia recently visited the school to help plant the trees and to celebrate, the Year 7 students class entered Planet Ark’s Speak for the Trees competition, based on Dr Seuss’s book The Lorax, which has been adapted into a movie.
The students made a big banner with a pledge to Speak for the Trees and stuck bright yellow moustaches to their top lips like the Lorax character to enter the competition.
Teacher Sam Edwards said part of the competition was to get involved in activities the students have already been doing as part of the Reef Guardians program.
“We’ve been doing a lot of Water Watch activities, which links to trees and we’ve been very active working on our environment and doing up our gardens at school,” she said.
“We are building a butterfly garden and we have got a veggie garden, a compost system and they’re currently starting another new project to get a recycling system in school to reduce paper waste because it relates to trees being cut down.”
The students have been busy watering and weeding their gardens, caring for trees and managing the compost system in the school and it has had a positive influence on the school with other younger students asking to get involved.
“It’s funny because in the English program, they all had to write a speech and select their own topic or issue they wanted to do and when I looked through the topics they are all picking real issues,” Ms Edwards said. “These kids are becoming really responsible sustainable environmentalists and picking issues like pollution, litter, looking after our waterways, trees and animals - they’re making a personal choice.”
The students will now focus on developing their recycling system after the Council allocated money in the budget for recycling wheelie bins for schools.
““Council is encouraging schools to adopt or improve their own recycling programs through the establishment of a regular recycling bin collection,” Acting Water and Waste general manager Jon Turner said.
Helping out the environment: the Mossman State School Year 7 students