Earth Day 2017 in LaBelle

“Knowledge empowers people with our most powerful tool: the ability to think and decide. There is no power for change greater than a child discovering what he or she cares about.” Those words were spoken by children science author Seymour Simon seven years ago on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in 2010 and they couldn’t be more true today.

Students from local elementary schools were able to take part in activities designed to help them learn about wildlife, soil conservation, natural habitat and an overall sense of good stewardship towards our planet. (Submitted photo/Val White)

Earth Day, which is officially Saturday, April 22, was celebrated this year with the 10th Annual Earth Week for the children of LaBelle area schools. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Call of the Wild”.

Second through fourth graders from Country Oaks Elementary, Upthegrove Elementary, LaBelle Elementary, and West Glades School were invited to participate in this year’s celebration which was held at the Hendry House from Monday, April 10 – Thursday, April 13.

Each child was able to take part in activities that were hosted by the Florida Forest Service, Hendry 4-H, Hendry Soil and Conservation, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection To learn about wildlife, soil conservation, natural habitat, and an overall sense of good stewardship towards our planet.

The Earth Week event is sponsored by the Florida Forest Services, The Kiwanis, Rotary Club, Hendry County Special Projects, Hendry County 4-H, Hendry County Soil Conservation, the DEP, and Hendry/LaBelle Recreation. The City of LaBelle donates the use of the Hendry House for the week’s event.

These incredible organizations each did an exemplary job in doing their part to empower our young people with the tool of discovery for what each of us cares about: preserving and protecting our world.

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