In honor of Earth Day, two fifth-grade classes at Thomas J. Lahey in the Harborfields Central School District have been devoting their efforts towards reforestation. Teachers Karen Kunkle and Augustino Rettino purchased baby white-pine trees for their students. The money used to purchase the trees was a result of the students’ personal donations that have been accumulating since September. Students were able to take them home on April 19.

Students were excited to give back to the environment, and to have a very personal role in helping with reforestation.

“It’s really important to take care of the earth,” said Olivia, a student in Mr. Rettino’s class. “And because of all the pollution, planting trees to make oxygen will help our world!”

In addition to addressing reforestation, students have been regularly recycling since the beginning of the year.