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First graders delve into Earth Day

Etta Scheidecker's first graders learned about fire-fighting equipment from Minnesota DNR Forester Steve Bade as part of Earth Day festivitives on Friday. (Photos by Shannon Geisen/Enterprise)1 / 2
Grandpa Terry Morris introduced Chelsie Weeding's first graders to a few of his forest friends, like Smokey the Bear, Rocky the Raccoon and Sniff the Skunk. Wth the help of puppeteers Maeve Bolton and Allison Offerdahl, the show discussed springtime in Minnesota, the threat of forest fires and how to prevent them. 2 / 2

Century Elementary first graders rotated through a variety of Earth Day presentations Friday — from puppet shows to crafts to guest speakers.

Students learned about recycling, fire prevention, wildlife and more. Jo Judson discussed endangered or extinct animals, while Leo Gartner reminded students of the county's recycling program.

"Where we live in Hubbard County, we're really lucky. We have a lot of recycling options, just in Park Rapids," Gartner said, noting there are four recycling sheds open 24 hours a day, plus the transfer station. "To me, that says a lot about the county."

DNR Forester Steve Bade explained how DNR firefighters put out grass and forest fires.

Grandpa Terry Morris narrated a puppet show featuring wildlife creatures, such as Smokey the Bear. Century Middle School students Maeve Bolton and Allison Offerdahl assisted behind the scenes as puppeteers.

The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the massive 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif.

2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day.

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