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6th Graders at Barry Clean Up Garbage as Part of Earth Day

Sixth graders at Barry Elementary School decided to recognize Earth Day by taking action. John D’Antonio’s class researched facts about the earth and went outside to pick up litter from around the school grounds.

Mason, one of Mr. D’Antonio’s students, said, “over 166 billion people have burned plastic, cans, papers, metals, glass and other organic resources. These facts are a warning to the sake of our earth and we need to put a stop to it. We as a class have picked up around 20 to 25 pounds of garbage outside of the school. This means to us and the community that no one cares about the environment. Some stuff we found was styrofoam, aluminum cans, plastic bags, a chair, plastic bottles, ect. In ten minutes we picked up twenty pounds of garbage!”

Mr. D'Antonio said, “the students were excited to put what we read about into action. It was pretty cool to see them want to do great things for the community. They all did a great job.”

Students at Smith Elementary School jumped in on the action and also collected garbage. Maria Stamatogiannakis, sixth grade teacher said, “I wanted to make sure my students know that everyday they can make choices to try to be more environmentally friendly. For instance, students can reduce waste and recycle."

Students in sixth grade at both Smith and Barry schools will continue to learn about the environment and how to help our planet!




Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

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