By Ashley Rader
From coloring books to lessons about litter to a tree named “Pink Polka Dot,” elementary students in the Elizabethton City School system learned Monday about Earth Day and ways to protect the environment.
Kindergartners in Teresa Dugger’s class at East Side Elementary were each given a tree to take home and plant. The trees – pecan, chestnut or oak – were donated by Trane heating and air conditioning.
The students were told how to care for their trees when they took them home, but they also took a more practical step: they named their trees.
Kindergartner Amelia Proffitt plans to plant her tree that she named “Pink Polka Dot” today to mark a special new arrival to her family.
“My baby brother Hudson will be born tomorrow,” Amelia said. “The tree will be the same age as him.”
Kindergartner Barbara Perkey named her tree “Ms. Dugger” after her teacher. Why? Because “Ms. Dugger is the best teacher ever.”