INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Eugene Anderson had a great day at school.
"I went to get some water to water the trees," the first grader said.
That may not sound like much to you. But, it was a hands-on lesson in the kind of things they teach every day at Oaklandon Elementary School, an "environmental science" school in Lawrence Township.
Friday, they created an "outdoor classroom." And, along the way, the students impressed Ashlee Fujawa of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.
"All of this stuff couldn't have happened without the hard work of everyone out here," she told 24-Hour News 8.
The reference to "everyone out here" is another lesson of this day.
"Partnership is very important," Fujawa said.
Roche Diagnostics chose Oaklandon Elementary as this year's site for the company's annual "Day of Service." So, Roche, KIB and the kids became partners in this project.
They planted trees. They watered trees. They mulched.
200 Roche employees volunteered for this day out of the office. A statement from Roche said the Day of Service "helps make our city a better place, strengthens our commitment to sustainability, and reinforces our model of professional collaboration."
"Every single volunteer that came out here, in three hours, reforested the property," said Laura Getz.
The school ended the day with about 300 trees it didn't have on campus at the beginning of the day.
Getz is an environmental science teacher at the school. She said her students already understand the basic concepts of the work they did. So, her "favorite part was that KIB said today was the best day they've ever had with children."
Ashlee Fujawa agreed, calling the day "an amazing success."
The work at Oaklandon Elementary is part of KIB's tree planting campaign called NeighborWoods. If you would like to learn more about it, click here.
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