Tree day fun

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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