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A group of Miltona students collected pond water from the school's floating dock.

Miltona students celebrate Earth Day every day

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life Alexandria, 56308
Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

Miltona Science Magnet School students and staff celebrated Environmental Education (EE) Week with many hands-on, environment-based activities.

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EE Week, which includes both Earth Day and Arbor Day, was celebrated April 18-25. Miltona staff and students focus on educating others and personally rethinking how to preserve and care for the planet. The message they hope to convey to others is "Earth Day is Every Day."

Teachers have added the word "rethink" to the well-known "Rs" - reduce, reuse and recycle. Their goal is to get students to think about the impact daily actions have on the environment and rethink what they can do differently to keep their carbon footprint as small as possible.

Miltona students work hard at being green all year long. They recycle paper, aluminum, clothes and leftover food waste. They also provide a weekly "green tip" in the school's newsletter.

During EE Week, an afternoon was set aside for students to enjoy and explore nature through a variety of stations. They used binoculars to spot pictures of animals along the school's 12-acre nature trails. They also used hand lenses to try to identify pond species collected off their floating dock.

Nature-friendly bird feeders were made and students planted pumpkin and beet seeds in preparation for the upcoming community event, "Targeting the Outdoors," where families and community members can experience and learn about food plots.

To spread their enthusiasm, the students decorated bags from local grocery stores, made door hangers that will be distributed throughout the community, and 3-6 graders wrote and sent postcards to their primary-grade buddies and families. All included environmentally-friendly messages.

A group of K-6 students also presented a reader's theatre of The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. They shared tips for taking care of the earth and research on endangered animals. They entertained the audience with a song and nature-themed jokes.

After performing for their Miltona peers, they took their show on the road to spread the message to Garfield and Carlos School students.

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