Goddard School in Mooresville celebrates Mother Earth
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Sunday, May. 04, 2014

Goddard School in Mooresville celebrates Mother Earth

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    AMANDA HARRIS - aharris@charlotteobserver.com
    As part of the Goddard School in Mooresville’s “Root for the Earth” event, students created outfits for the school’s Recycle It Fashion Show.
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    AMANDA HARRIS - aharris@charlotteobserver.com
    Goddard School pupils tend the garden they helped create during “Root for the Earth,” a weeklong event of recycling and lessons on the importance of taking care of the Earth.

Donning newspaper capes, tin-foil crowns and cardboard hats, the students at the Goddard School in Mooresville celebrated the Earth while modeling fashions made from recyclable materials.

In honor of Earth Day, April 22, the Goddard School’s fourth annual “Root for Earth” campaign was held April 21-25. Students learned to recycle and how to create and tend a garden, the school’s owner, Barbra Bryan, said. “We celebrated the importance of recycling and taking care of the Earth,” she said. “We had fun doing it.”

The Goddard School in Mooresville is a private school that is a franchise of Goddard Systems Inc. Goddard Schools focus on academic, social and creative development, according to the school’s website.

The “Root for Earth” campaign, which all 400 Goddard Schools participate in, is held each year near Earth Day as a way to encourage conservation in children, Bryan said. “We need to teach children early in life the importance of taking care of our planet,” she said.

The Mooresville school at Town Square Circle choose recycling as the theme for the week, using reading and art to teach students where garbage goes, Bryan said. The students modeled outfits they made from recyclable materials in the Recycle It Fashion Show and sorted paper and plastic materials for recycling.

Teaching students skills through creative activities is the cornerstone of the Goddard School, said co-owner Gordon Bryan. “They are learning through fun,” he said. “We are committed to teaching children the value of all things.”

During “Root for Earth,” the students learned how to conserve energy by turning off the lights for an hour..

They also learned about different types of plants and the importance of worms in soil by creating the Goddard Garden, which contains tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, herbs and panda plant, Bryan said.

Last year, the Mooresville School’s garden won kids first place in the Mooresville Street Side Garden Contest, Bryan said. The school will enter the contest again in May.

Bryan said the students were excited to help the Earth. “They are always enthusiastic about things like this,” she said. “I’m really proud of all the fun things they did.”

Harris: 704-358-5353

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