By Kristin Schultz
Good stewardship of the earth is everybody’s responsibility and students across the Niskayuna Central School District got to take part in a variety of Earth Day activities. At Rosendale Elementary, students spent an hour of their day on April 28 learning about nature and conservation and helping to prepare the building’s gardens for spring.
Aline Stabler and Kelly Giagni, parents of Rosendale students, organized the day, which included education stations for students . . . and hot coffee and donuts for adult volunteers.
Set up in the grass opposite the building’s entrance was a table where students learned about animals, pelts, tracks and scat. Also on hand was a specialist from Whole Foods, talking about eating healthy fruits and vegetables of all colors.
Ian Munger, a Niskayuna resident and beekeeper, brought a miniature hive and plenty of honeycombs for students to pass around. He discussed the different kinds of bees as well as the life cycle of the important pollinator.
Munger has been keeping bees for seven years.
“I got into it because I thought it was interesting,” he said. “I also like honey.”
Each grade at the elementary school is responsible for a flower bed around the property.
Students spent around 20 minutes weeding, mulching and planting in their spaces.
“They really take ownership of their beds,” said Stabler.
Schools around the district celebrated Earth Day a week late because of spring break.