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Local private school celebrates the earth in style

By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
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The Goddard School in Folsom celebrated their fourth annual Root for Earth campaign last month – a week long celebration promoting environmental responsibility.

The local private school, for preschoolers and daycare, is a national preschool franchise that focuses on learning through play for children ages six weeks to six years old.

Site Owner Kaylee Agaman said Goddard Schools have taken a proactive approach for years when it comes to helping the environment.

“We encourage children to care for the earth at a young age, which helps them to continue to do so throughout their lives and create a better world for themselves and generations to follow,” she said.

The Root for Earth campaign educates children, families and communities about actions they can take to promote ecological and energy conservation.

During Root for Earth, preschoolers from the Folsom Goddard School participated in a range of engaging activities including planting gardens, hosting recycled fashion shows, building robots from recycled materials and other eco-friendly projects inspired by STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). Their creations will be shared on The Goddard School’s national Facebook page where the public will be given the chance to vote for their favorite project until May 18. Winners will be announced on May 21.

“Our pre-kindergarten class absolutely loves being the ambassadors for the school during this week-long event,” Agaman said. “They take great pride in the outfits they create with their families and work hard to spread the message that children can help to reduce, reuse and recycle to save our planet.”

Dr. Craig Bach, vice president of Education at Goddard Systems, Inc., said this annual campaign aims to create fun activities for an educational topic.

“Root for Earth is an annual initiative particularly close to our hearts as it engages The Goddard School students to discover creative solutions that aide in the preservation of our planet and its wonders,” he said. “We aim to develop fun, enriching activities that encompass the importance of how our planet works and how to care for it properly.”

While The Goddard School’s play-based curriculum integrates environmental responsibility year-round, the Root for Earth campaign gives the unique opportunity to focus more exclusively on environmentally focused lessons.

“We believe that building a respectful relationship with nature at a young age creates a foundation for children to grow into environmentally responsible adults,” Agaman said. “Conserving the environment is a priority and helping to foster an eco-friendly mindset in children is more important than ever.”

Nationally, this is the eighth annual Root for Earth campaign for the private preschool franchise.