For the last 15 years, students at Bellmore’s Charles A. Reinhard Early Childhood Center have beautified their school grounds by planting flowers and trees as part of an annual Earth Day Celebration.
Prior to planting the flowers and the blossoming plum tree, the kindergarten, first and second-grade students sang songs, recited poetry and took the Earth Day pledge in special assembly programs for friends and family. Additionally, the kindergartners took part in a parade of hats, which showcased their creativity and featured hats made from recycled materials.
Pictured are kindergarten students showcasing their homemade hats and (from left) Reinhard Principal Patricia Castine, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Dr. Joanne Dacek, music teacher Randi Andersen, Nassau County Legislator David Denenberg, Bellmore Board of Education President Mary Ann Kelly and Bellmore Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Famularo.
In preparation for Earth Day, students learned about recycling and reusing, as well as how seeds turn into various flowers and plants. “The students have been learning to take care of the earth and to think more consciously of what they’re doing and consuming,” said Principal Patricia Castine. “Today is a celebration of those lessons.”
Kindergarteners at Bellmore’s Charles A. Reinhard Early Childhood Center proudly showoff their Earth Day hats made of recycled materials.
As a special treat, Nassau County Legislator David Denenberg presented the students with ice pops to enjoy. In return, the students provided him with their ideas to help the planet.