Preschoolers, Elderly Plant Flowers to Celebrate Earth Day

As part of their Earth Day celebration today, a few preschoolers and senior citizens joined forces to plant more than a dozen flowers.

Eight students from the Little Tree Huggers preschool visited residents at the Poet’s Walk memory care assisted living community in Leesburg on Monday to plant flowers in the community’s courtyard and to bond over a general passion for nature and the environment, as part of the 49th annual Earth Day celebrations. After washing up from about an hour of planting, the preschoolers filed into the community’s dining room and put on a pre-lunch, Earth Day-inspired musical performance for the residents.

The preschoolers also presented Poet’s Walk Director of Resident Engagement Amanda Hill with a carton of a dozen eggs from the chickens that the bilingual, eco-green preschool raises on its property south of Leesburg.

Hill said a group of Poet’s Walk residents would visit the Little Tree Huggers at some point next month.

Earth Day has been celebrated around the world since 1970, when millions of people protested the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development, according to Earth Day Network. That same year, the U.S. Congress and President Richard M. Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency and passed several environmental laws like the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

More than one billion people in 192 countries now participate in the annual celebration.

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