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Third-graders learn about Earth Day

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By Brandon Mattingly

Springfield and Washington County celebrated Earth Day on Monday with North Washington Elementary School third-graders, who found the importance of going green and learning more about the foods they eat.

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Sr. Claire McGowan OP of the New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future spoke about what it means to conserve energy and protect the environment.

She was joined by Isaac Frye of the Heartland Youth Coalition, who sang ‘America, the Beautiful,’ as well as Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, Springfield Mayor John Cecconi and Willisburg Mayor Pat Kirsch, who each shared that Earth Day is important to keep in mind, particularly for the youth.

Washington County native Kate Haydon of Community Action Kentucky told the youngsters how she began taking an interest in the environment around their age and that it’s never too early to start making a difference.

The third-graders performed a poem and a song of their own dedicated to Earth Day and all it represents. The students also had the opportunity to plant flowers with Dennis Morgeson of the Washington County Cooperative Extension Office and went home with the opportunity to plant their own cabbage plants.