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Volney Elementary holds Earth Day celebration

An annual tradition of fun and learning continued Friday when guest speakers, experts and animals flocked to Volney Elementary School for its Earth Day celebration.

Students in each grade level had a chance to view presentations and participate in a variety of activities during the day.

During Volney Elementary School’s recent Earth Day celebration, Isabella Grant is all smiles as she pets a Labrador retriever after the dog agility demonstration.
During Volney Elementary School’s recent Earth Day celebration, Isabella Grant is all smiles as she pets a Labrador retriever after the dog agility demonstration.

Animal experts were on hand with owls, parrots, hawks, dogs and reptiles.

Under the tutelage of wildlife rehabilitator Jean Soprano, students learned the differences between owls, hawks, eagles and other bird species.

To accompany a PowerPoint presentation, Soprano brought several birds with her, much to the delight of the students in the audience.

“We are so lucky to have experts come in for these presentations,” said Principal Lisa Garofalo. “This is an amazing experience for the students.”

Marissa Bowering and Ethan Frank take a closer look at a worm they dug up during Volney Elementary School’s Earth Day event.
Marissa Bowering and Ethan Frank take a closer look at a worm they dug up during Volney Elementary School’s Earth Day event.

While animals were a crowd favorite – from dog agility to a reptile show — students also had a chance to learn about topics such as electrical safety, rock formations, fishing and gardening.

For fourth grader Reagan LaPage, the composting demonstration gave her an opportunity to get her hands dirty and sort through leaves to examine worms under a microscope.