WEST CHESTER, Pa. (April 26, 2011) – Things got a little buggy on Earth Day as more than 30 Nobel Learning Communities, Inc., preschools. Children released thousands of ladybugs into the environment to support and improve vegetation in their local communities. Leading up to Earth Day, students learned that ladybugs are beneficial to nature because they feed on aphids (plant lice) and other insects that are harmful to gardens, trees and shrubs.
“Ladybug releases have become an Earth Day tradition for many Nobel Learning Communities’ schools,” said Patty Miller, Chief Operating Officer for Nobel Learning Communities, Inc. “Our preschools understand the importance of community and preserving the environment and these special events instill a sense of environmental responsibility and excitement in our young students. They are also a ton of fun.”
Sampling of 2011 Earth Day Ladybug Releases and Events:
- Touchstone School in Tigard, Ore., hosted a multigenerational ladybug and butterfly release in connection with the school’s grandparent’s day. With the help of their grandparents and teachers, students released approximately 1,500 ladybugs and butterflies into a school garden. Students at the school will continue their environmental studies as they tend to the garden and on-going campus composting project.
- Students at Merryhill School in Las Vegas released 4,500 ladybugs into the environment and took part in a school-wide ladybug ball. Children dressed in red and black and showed off ladybug-themed artwork for their teachers and parents.
- Earth Day was sweet at Chesterbrook Academy in Gainesville, Va. The school celebrated the release of more than 3,000 ladybugs by making homemade solar oven s’mores.
- Fifteen Enchanted Care Learning Centers in Ohio released more than 30,000 ladybugs. Three schools in Hilliard, Ohio, came together for the release.
To learn more about the Earth Day ladybug releases listed above, or for more information on other environmental learning projects taking place at Nobel Learning Communities’ schools, please contact Kathleen Shaffer at 410-902-5053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.