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In Chesterbrook Academies all across the United States, children took part in helping the environment on Earth Day.
Here in Chester County, all of the academies released ladybugs into the environment to help improve the health of the local vegetation.
“The children learn about ladybugs and why they are important to the environment,” said Loraine Disciullo, executive director for Chesterbrook Academy. “The older children are going to write today what they saw, what they did, what the experience was like and what the ladybugs are going to be doing after the release to help support the environment.”
At West Chester’s Chesterbrook Academy location, the children released 3,000 ladybugs alone — just part of the thousands let loose all throughout the county.
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“All the children in the building, from the young toddlers to our pre-kindergarten classes, participated,” Disciullo said.
The release is an annual tradition at the academies which started several years ago and still brings a certain sense of awe to the children participating.
“(The children) hold them, they touch them and they get to see them up close,” Disciullo said. “The kids have so much fun doing it. It’s neat to see their faces.”
In the days leading up to the release, the schools teach the students about the environment and what the ladybugs can do to help it.
They also get into the nitty-gritty with the fond insects, learning about what they eat as well.
Farmers especially love ladybugs because they will prey on plant-eating insects, which in turn, helps protect the crops.
To get into the spirit of the event, the children also dress the part.
“They all wore black and red ladybug outfits and had ladybug hats,” Disciullo said. “Many of the schools are also doing ladybug balls to celebrate Earth Day.”
It’s the hope of Chesterbrook Academy that not only are they helping the environment each year, but they are instilling in the children at a young age that it’s up to the community to take care of the Earth.
“It’s a wonderful event,” Disciullo said. “The children love doing it and they learn a lot about the environment. We try to teach Earth Day and what it is about so that they can get a better understanding of taking care of the planet so they can become citizens of the Earth. They will understand their role in taking care of the Earth. We make that part of the learning process.”