PBE fourth-graders celebrate Earth Week with garden weeding and encouragement from Clemmy and Joseph

Fourth-grade students in Stacey Venzel’s class at Pine Bush Elementary rounded out their celebration of Earth Week with some awesome work. The class picked up litter around the school and weeded the courtyard at PBE as part of their unit on understanding processes that shape the earth. This tied in with their Positivity Project this week on appreciation of beauty and excellence!

A group of five students are weeding a garden.


Some students even showed their nature appreciation by saving a spider that made its way into their classroom! They carried it to the window on a piece of paper and set it free.

Near an open window, two fourth-grade students have a spider on a piece of paper ready to set it free.


Tying into their social-emotional learning was another visit from Ms. Venzel’s pet guinea pig, the one, the only, Clemmy! Science coach Alyson Callahan also brought in her pet frog, Joseph. The animals helped the students de-stress from their hard work put into taking the ELA state tests that week, and all their hard work preparing for the tests in the past months.

A fourth-grade boy with blonde hair, wearing a blue tshirt smiles broadly as he holds a shiny green frog.

Two fourth-grade students pet a guinea pig in the grass.


Clemmy even cheered on the fourth-graders who were running to qualify for the PBE mile. Turns out, she is very good incentive. The students also pointed out that Clemmy ties into the Positivity Project because they appreciate her beauty and excellence.

Two fourth-grade girls carry a large bush with yellow flowers.


PBE is looking beautiful, thanks to the excellent work by the fourth-grade students!

Two rows of fourth-grade students stand in a garden they just helped to weed.

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Brian Dunn
Superintendent of Schools
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