Preschoolers and toddlers at The Goddard School in San Ramon are observing Earth Day all this week with environment-focused lessons and eco-friendly activities as part of the nationwide school's annual Root for Earth initiative.
In its sixth year, the week-long educational campaign aims to help young children grow their creativity and imagination while also teaching them about recycling, green activities and preserving the world around them, according to Goddard officials.
"Each one of us makes an impact, good or bad, little or large, on our planet," said Anju Khemani, owner of the local Goddard campus, located on Gatekeeper Road in the Dougherty Valley.
"We want to start early with teaching our young children to be responsible, as their actions control the environment that they choose to live in," Khemani added. "At The Goddard School, during the Root for Earth week, we teach children through fun-filled, hands-on activities to care for and appreciate our beautiful planet."
Held at more than 430 Goddard schools across the United States, Root for Earth week has featured a range of activities for toddlers and preschoolers, such as planting gardens, recycling lessons, upcycling art projects made from thrown-away items and eco-friendly projects with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) themes, according to Goddard representatives.
Youngsters at the San Ramon campus so far this week participated in activities like learning about plant life, making portraits from recycled cardboard, magazines and other items, and creating artwork using flowers and paint.
The week is set to culminate Friday, Earth Day, with the annual "Lights Out!" event when Goddard schools across the country turn off all of their non-essential lighting for one hour.