Getting ready for a nationally celebrated day of environmental preservation takes a lot of hard work and studying.
"I read a book with my dad about Earth Day!” explains an excited Abigail Rayburn who is learning about Earth Day.
And when Earth Day rolls around, it means plenty of manual labor for some Balfour pre-kindergartners. Not that they mind!
"Planting trees is fun!" says Logan Covington.
Several area businesses donated trees for these students to plant, and Wal-Mart made a $500 grant towards the beautification of Balfour's campus. The rest of the work was up to the kids and their teachers.
"We've been cleaning up our campus as far as picking up trash, and making it beautiful and also weeding our beds. We have our own classroom plot,” comments Balfour Preschool teacher Chrissy Wheeler.
Now their responsibilities have expanded to seven more saplings.
"How are you going to take car of this tree? By watering it every day!" adds Chelsea Jones.
Earth Day may come around only once in the spring, but these students say they'll be happy to practice environmental protection all year round.
Across the country, Wal-Mart has donated nearly $2 million this year in Earth Day grants for schools and conservation groups.
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Source: www.earthday.net contributed to this report