The West Sioux Hawarden and Ireton Elementary students took part in Earth Day activities with Sioux County Conservation Board Naturalist Sunday Ford this past week.
On Tuesday, April 22, which was Earth Day, the Hawarden students got together for an opening about Earth Day and especially trees in the gymnasium with Sunday. The second and third graders “adopted a tree,” read books under trees, and picked up trash and sticks at the city park with Sunday Ford. The fourth and fifth grades planted trees in the cemetery with Hawarden Public Works Superintendent Tom Kane, and picked up trash at the ball fields. A closing with ice cream, donated by the city of Hawarden, concluded the day at the city pavilion.
On Wednesday, April 23, the Ireton Elementary first graders learned about turkey hunting and habitats from Sunday Ford, and the importance of helping a habitat. Half of the first graders walked to the Ireton City Trail along the creek and learned about nature as well as picked up trash. The other half of the students learned about habitats in their own neighborhoods in their classrooms through a felt board display and book; and also decorated paper bags for Sunshine Foods with Earth Day messages.