By NATALIE SCOTT
North Elementary School hosted a spring festival April 19 with help from the PTO, Peg Flynn of the Mahoning Valley Green team, Kohls Cares volunteers, teachers, Eat N’ Park and the Water and Soil Department.
“This is the first time that this school has had a spring festival,” said PTO member Amy O’Hara. “We had a winter one this year, as well, and the children liked it so much that Mrs. Kaschak decided to offer a spring one to celebrate Earth Day.”
The festival featured five different stations classes took turns visiting. At one station, Kohls Cares volunteers helped students plant tomato and green pepper cutoffs in recycled water bottle planters. They also helped students plant a flower in a pot to give as a Mother’s Day gift.
Peg Flynn instructed students about items that can and cannot be recycled and then they participated in a recycle relay. At another station, students listened to a lesson on the importance of keeping soil and water clean for Fred the Fish, given by Shelly Covert of the Water and Soil Department.
Other stations included listening to a story read by a PTO parent and then decorating and “Earth” cookie to eat from Eat N’ Park and making flower magnets. Students also put their fingerprints on a painted watering can. The prints were later turned into bug decorations by PTO volunteers.