by Margaret Poulette, Potlotek First Nation
Earth Day is an annual event started in 1970 in an effort to offer support for environmental practices throughout the world. This event is held on April 22nd of any given year.
The grades 1 and 2 students at Mi’kmawey School spent a few minutes to educate me on the importance of Earth Day. Joshua Martell was the first to tell me that trees are very important because they help you to breathe while Faith Martell affirmed what her brother said and asserted that “the trees are still here!” The students were very aware of the amount of garbage that had been dropped outside of the schoolyard and did their part to clean it up. The students also indicated to me that they like to keep the lights off in their classroom whenever they can to save energy. Bryson Sylliboy was very quick to point out that he wasn’t in school on Earth Day but wished that he was but he also indicated a very important point, “every day is Earth Day, you can clean up anytime you want.” Out of the mouth of babes!