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The rain held off last Friday morning as Gerstell Academy students ages Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade, faculty and staff boarded 13 buses and headed off to 3 local parks where they worked together in 23 teams guided by park rangers to help with special projects. This year’s Earth Day theme was “Trees for the Earth” which fit perfectly with the projects at the Morgan Run area and McKeldin area of Patapsco Valley State Park. Teams of mixed age groups were tasked with removing the protective tubing that had been placed around seedlings to help them grow until they were big and strong enough to stand on their own. In the span of about an hour and a half, over 400 seedlings at the two park areas were freed, plastic tubing was loaded up to be recycled and trash was gathered to be taken away. At Piney Run Park, teams worked together to plant, weed, clean up litter and to provide healthy areas for the trees to continue to thrive.
Celebrating Earth Day has become a tradition at Gerstell Academy as it is the perfect opportunity to put into action one of the school’s ten Leadership Principles: “Humble Yourself before Almighty God and Respect the Divine Nature of Life in the Universe.”
This particular year, it was also a morning to practice many of the ten Gerstell Academy Leadership Attributes as students of all ages, teachers, administrators and park rangers worked together using “Leadership”, taking “Action”, “Doing the Right Thing”, setting an “Example”, being “Resourceful”, providing “Hope”, “Instructing Others” and most of all, “Persevering” as they completed jobs that the park rangers said they had no idea how they were going to accomplish without this village of Earth-conscious volunteers.