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Students share thoughts for Earth Day

Students in April Campbell's third grade class at Cathedral School learned about the environment and how people modify it to meet their needs. As part of our discussions, students talked about how pollution occurs in our environment.

The children learned about ways to reduce pollution and about how Earth Day is a day for remembering the importance of taking care of the environment. As a culminating activity the children wrote letters to the editor about taking care of the Earth, not littering and Earth Day.

Here is what the students had to say about what they learned:

I think people should put signs up so people know they should clean up the garbage. The earth could not be beautiful. I have seen a sign in Chicago to pick up garbage. I like when people cleanup.

I think Earth Day has a lot of experience. Because people experience that the earth needs to be clean. Like at the Superior Hiking Trail I saw no garbage but a beautiful view. Earth Day means a lot to the earth.

— Sincerely, Seth

In my opinion pollution is bad for our country. Because we want to live on a healthy earth. Pollution goes in the air and we can't breath the air. In my opinion Earth Day is a day that helps our earth. Earth Day helps our earth stay clean. Also Earth Day helps us recycle. We could die. The largest red mud puddle could cause harm to our earth. My opinion is Earth Day is good for our earth.

— Sincerely, Braydon

It is important to take the trash out instead of littering. If you don't take the trash out you would have a messy house. You probably would want to take the trash out. You should always do that instead of littering outside. In my opinion I think it's important to celebrate Earth Day. We should protect the earth every day. It is important to recycle at home, at school, and to compost too. In my opinion, you should recycle because then you don't litter.

— Sincerely, Leland

It is important to not litter. If you litter the earth won't be a healthy place to be. I saw a bag on a tree once. That's why you shouldn't litter. In my opinion you should celebrate Earth Day like any other holiday. The reason why Earth Day is important is because it is a day to pick up garbage, plant stuff, and care for the earth. For example once I saw an animal trapped in a plastic string. That is why you should celebrate Earth Day like any other holiday.

— Sincerely, Sofia

In my opinion I think it is important to clean up glass on the beach. Because people can step in the glass. When I was in Florida with my grandma Cory on the beach I saw a turtle get a piece of glass stuck in its flipper. So we need to try very hard to keep the beach clean. Earth Day is important because we need to keep the animals safe. Because some of the animals help us for example bees. Because bees help us when we're sick because they make honey and honey is the perfect thing to have when you're sick. That is why I think it's important to keep animals safe on Earth Day.

— Sincerely, Hadley

It is important to pick up your trash and put up signs to tell people to pick up their litter. Because if you don't you won't be able to drink water. In some places they don't have clean water. This is why it is important to pick up your trash. In my opinion I think it's important to celebrate Earth Day every day. The reason why is to protect the earth on everyday not just Earth Day. We need to recycle at home and at school, compost too. In my opinion you should recycle everywhere.

— Sincerely, Davin

In my opinion it is important to pick up your litter so other people don't have to pick your litter that you dropped. One time, I was walking to my mom's car and there was a lot of litter on the ground and my mom said don't step on the litter and I said ok. I stepped on a piece of litter and I had to pick the litter off my shoe and it was gross. That's why it's important to pick your litter. Earth Day is important because it is a time to clean up the earth. Because if we didn't clean up the earth the earth would be trashed. My family goes on an adopted road and we clean up the trash that we see on the road. This is why Earth Day is important.

— Sincerely, Exxl

It is important for people to plant trees and clean up after ourselves. Because our environment will stink and a lot more people will get sick. Last year, I stepped on gross stuff. I think you should clean up trash. Earth Day is important because it reminds us to clean the earth. If we did not clean the earth lot more people would get sick. Last year, I cleaned the beach and found a lot of trash. I think it is important to clean up trash.

— Sincerely, Henry

It is important to grab things off of trees, so it doesn't look bad. So you can breath better. One time I was picking cherries and I saw a bag hanging to a cherry tree. That's why it's important to keep thing off of trees. Earth Day is important because it is a time to clean the earth. The reason why is the animals would die and the earth would be a mess. I clean the beach to help the earth. These are the reasons why it is important to clean the earth.

— Sincerely, Versii

In my opinion I think people should pick up most of the places where garbage is. Because people don't like to run over it like at the beach and some parks. We should try to make the right choices for the earth to be clean. Earth Day is important because we have to pick it up once in a while. The earth needs a day when it gets cleaned up because if we didn't clean it we would have garbage all over the place. For example my family tries not to use cans. I like Earth Day because we're making the earth clean.

— Sincerely, Gracie

It is important to throw your trash away because if you don't it isn't safe for the environment. Some people throw trash into bodies of water and it gets stuck on fish and ducks. In a book I heard about a duck that had a pop holder stuck on it's neck. That's why I think people should throw their trash away in the right place. Earth Day is important because it helps keep our earth clean/ The reason why is because if we didn't it would cause pollution. At school we try to recycle as much as we can so there isn't a lot of trash. That's why Earth Day is important.

— Sincerely, John

I think we should try to keep things a little more clean. Garbage could hurt animals. I have seen animals trying to stay away from garbage. That is why I think we should try to keep things a little more clean.

I think Earth Day is a day that is important, because that is the day a lot of people clean. Last year I cleaned up with my grandpa. That is why Earth Day is important to me.

— Sincerely, Michael

It is important to not litter because then the recycle person will have to pick it up and that person will get tired of it. Once I saw random old newspapers and I picked it up and threw it away. That's why it's important to throw trash away when it's not even yours. I like Earth Day because it's a time to take care of the earth. The reason why is that we don't want to have sadness and litter around our earth. Once I saw a lot of newspapers and I tried to pick them up and I did. So when you see garbage or litter just pick it up if it's yours or not.

— Sincerely, Madeline

In my opinion it is important to recycle. To recycle you might have to pick up stinky trash. My example is an animal might eat it and get sick. That's why you should recycle. It is important to celebrate Earth Day because it is a time to clean up the earth. The reason why I clean up the earth is because the animals might eat it and get sick. Once I saw at the vet an animal who ate too much garbage. That's why I celebrate Earth Day.

— Sincerely, Emmi

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