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St. Mary's marks Earth Day with park visit

TICONDEROGA The skies above Bicentennial Park in the village of Ticonderoga were dotted with kites launched by students of St. Mary's School April 26. Students from all grades walked with teachers and family to the park to spend a sunny afternoon in celebration of Earth Day. Fifth through eighth grade science students assembled and decorated kites with an Earth Day theme, then took them to the park to fly while younger students looked on while tossing a frisbee, blowing bubbles, playing ball or just lying on the ground looking up at the sky. The event has become an annual celebration at the school as a culmination of its observance of Earth Day. sixth grade science students prepare lessons with an earth-conscious theme (Reduce-Re-use-Recycle, Water Conservation, etc.) which they teach to students in the elementary grades. The class also takes on the responsibility of decorating the school with posters, banners,a and the like to raise awareness of Earth Day, and the community and school families are invited to the park for the kite activity. Observes science teacher Milton Chellis, Our responsibility as Christians includes being good stewards of the gifts God has provided. The Earth itself is one such gift, and our celebration of Earth Day emphasizes our care of it in students' minds.

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