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Students, staff and parents planted flowers and seeds and learned about recycling, worm farming and composting during an Earth Day campus beautification project Monday at Clifton Park Elementary School in Killeen.

Students at Clifton Park Elementary participated in their school’s first-ever Earth Day event Monday afternoon.

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade, school staff and parents gathered in front of the school to plant flower beds and to watch recycling, gardening and composting demonstrations from special guests.

“We wanted to have the kids get out, enjoy the nice weather and to learn more about how they can help the environment,” said Galatea Badger, a counselor at Clifton Park.

Monday’s guests included representatives from the Fort Hood Recycling program, the Bell County Regional Compost Facility and the school’s adopted unit from Fort Hood. Each group presented students with information about environmental issues, such as rainwater pollution and runoff, recycling and how to make their own compost for gardening at home.

“It’s something that I do in my own house, and it’s been great for the plants and the soil,” said Roseanne Lawler, a master gardener who participated in the festivities. “It’s fun to share something like this with the kids.”

Lawler said she has been composting for four years. She brought her compost mixture, which uses everything from wood chips to food scraps, as well as some native Texas plants, which she said were tough enough to brave the hot summer months.

While Monday’s event was the school’s first Earth Day celebration, Badger said students and staff have worked to make their school more environmentally friendly.

The newly formed student council raised money to purchase materials to build the flower beds in front of the school big enough for each class to have a section of its own. Students and staff also organized recycling paper.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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