Lafayette

Apr 16, 2011 11:58 PM by Chris Welty

Lafayette Middle Celebrates Earth Day

With Earth Day less than a week away on April 22nd, one Lafayette middle school got in on the green action Saturday. KATC'S Chris Welty was there as the school hosted it's annual Earth Day celebration, the theme this year "100-Ways to Save Louisiana."

Dozens of Lafayette Middle School students operated booths demonstrating what the school has to offer, and also teaching others the importance of preserving our earth.

"We decided what a wonderful thing to do but to celebrate our environment and our planet and have an earth day celebration." Principal Monique Magee says almost seven years ago, the school was named the Environmental Science School of Choice, and parents that we spoke with say they can see the benefits the program has on their kids. "It's such a great program to have the kids be outside and be in nature. These kids have just really taken to this program."

"Several years ago, Lafayette Middle School implemented outdoor classrooms like this, and students that we spoke with say the hands on experience they get in these classrooms enhances their desire to learn."

"There's the scenery and it's a fun place where you can learn," says seventh grade student Kandyce Kirt.

"Most of our students they are very tactile and kenistetic learners so we are able to differentiate in the instruction by bringing them outside and doing more hands on activities instead of being inside a regular classroom doing pencil and paperwork."

Not only are students learning the importance of taking care of their environment, but parents as well.

"To be more eco-friendly and more aware of what we are throwing away."

"You can help save the planet and just by one person doing that it helps a lot."

cwelty@katctv.com

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