• <p>Students from St. Michael School in Penn Yan participate in a tree blessing in recognition of Earth Day. (Photo courtesy of St. Michael School)  </p>

    Students from St. Michael School in Penn Yan participate in a tree blessing in recognition of Earth Day. (Photo courtesy of St. Michael School)

Finger Lakes-area Catholic-school students mark Earth Day

Jennifer Burke/Catholic Courier    |    05.04.2021
Category: Finger Lakes


Earth Day was a big deal at Catholic schools in the Finger Lakes region of the Diocese of Rochester.

Students at these schools marked the day, which has taken place on April 22 each year since 1970, by participating in a variety of activities designed to help them be good stewards of the Earth.

Students at St. Michael School in Penn Yan couldn’t cram all of their activities into one day, so they celebrated Earth Week April 19-23, noted Principal Debra Marvin. Preschoolers as well as students in St. Michael’s kindergarten through fifth grade headed outdoors that week to clean up garbage from sections of the nearby Keuka Outlet Trail. They also welcomed visitors from Cornell Cooperative Extension, who taught them about the science behind composting and gave them seeds to keep.

St. Michael students also made projects out of recycled art. The families of first-graders purchased and planted a tree, complete with an accompanying plaque, in memory of first-grade teacher Anna Hurley’s husband, Kayo Hull, who passed away recently.

Earth Day highlights for students at St. Mary School in Canandaigua, meanwhile, included a lesson about water pollution with Freddy the Fish. Students in the school’s kindergarten through second grades planted seeds and plan to watch them grow.

First- and second-graders at St. Francis-St. Stephen School in Geneva also caught the Earth Day bug and spent time cleaning up the school’s playground.

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