May 6, 2014 at 6:00 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ - Every year, Livingston’s Little Learners (LLL) celebrate National Earth Day by dedicating an entire week to learning about how to keep the earth clean.
Songs, games, books and activities highlight the week for the kids, ages 2 to 5. Although Earth Day is in the month of April, Director Donean Rocheville promotes Earth Day all year long. "Reduce, reuse and recycle" are three very familiar words at LLL. The main event during Earth Week is LLL’s Annual Recycled Art Show. Each family works together to create an art project made entirely from recycled objects.
During the month of April, families brainstorm ideas for their recycled art project. Robots, castles, race cars and dioramas made of milk cartons, egg cartons, cardboard boxes and paper towel rolls are all popular. The Schwartz Family used old electronics, such as a laptop and several palm pilots, to create a futuristic sandwich-maker machine. Julia Zielke and her family melted used crayons on a canvas. Ethan Scheckman loves making paper airplanes at school and he decided to use his talent to create Ethan’s Airport.
This year, Earth Week was April 21-25 and all the recycled art projects were on display in the showroom. Family and friends in the Livingston community visited to see all of the projects and crafts that the kids were able to make out of recycled items.
In addition to the art show, each class uses recycled items for their daily projects. They learned about sorting paper, plastic and aluminum, as well as different ways to keep the earth clean, such as picking up litter and conserving on water. Ms. Nicole’s 4- and 5-year-old class took a pledge to keep the earth clean and each student wrote down their promise to the earth.
Students are turning the water off at school and picking up pieces of litter.