May 5, 2014 at 11:30 AM
WEST ORANGE, NJ - Mt. Pleasant Elementary School First graders celebrated Earth Day on April 22 by giving a "Big Gift to the Earth," donating $150.00 to preserve over 3 acres of the Peruvian Rain Forests. After completing a rain forest unit in Science, the three classes students voted to actively conserve this valuable resource and generously donated funds to the non-profit organization Earth’s Birthday Project, which has been protecting rain forests in all parts of the world since 1991.
“It’s important for students to connect their learning to the real world,” says library media specialist Jenna Bleeke, who has organized collections to preserve rain forests for more than 5 years. “They are excited about making a difference and we are proud of them.”
On May 3, Mt. Pleasant made blankets for "NJ Cares" day. NJ Cares is an organization that recruits volunteers across the state to make New Jersey a better place. On Saturday, volunteers were in 14 counties worked on more than 30 different projects painting murals, planting flowers, sorting food, cleaning beaches, making blankets, and creating play dough.