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Ituarte Elementary students beautify school with flowers, learn about caring for environment

Pre-Kindergarten students at Sgt. Roberto Ituarte Elementary School took on a project to spruce up their school and learn the importance of caring for their environment.

The students planted fresh flowers in the school garden and had lessons about raising awareness on global warming and clean energy as part of their celebration of Earth Day this year.

“Our children are our future, and it’s up to us adults to teach them the importance of taking care of our planet,” said Lynnette Vidales, principal at Sgt. Roberto Ituarte Elementary School. “This is hands-on learning, and I believe it’s just the beginning of plenty of learning about the earth and environment for them.”

Tuyet Nga “Tina” Sanchez, a science teacher at Sgt. Roberto Ituarte Elementary School, reached out to partners in education to launch the Earth Day project. Home Depot generously donated soil, plants and flowers for the garden.

Peter Piper Pizza gave coupons to share with the students that participated.

“I am so grateful for everyone who contributed to this awesome day,” Sanchez said. “From parents who donated to the Home Depot to Peter Piper Pizza, it is just always a good thing when the community gets together to help our kids learn.”

Alejandro Gutierrez, a Pre-K student at Sgt. Roberto Ituarte Elementary School, said he enjoyed learning about the importance of Earth Day.

“Today is a lot of fun because we are planting flowers and it’s a very nice day outside,” Gutierrez said.

The rejuvenated school garden gave the students a place to read, explore, and discuss various learning objectives in a fresh, colorful environment.