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Homeschoolers dig in to help for Earth Day

By Sarah Read

Even the littlest of hands can be big helpers.

Homeschoolers from Greenville, Sand Lake, Cedar Springs and the surrounding areas helped spread wood chips as part of a community service project for Earth Day.

Homeschoolers from Greenville, Sand Lake, Cedar Springs and the surrounding areas helped spread wood chips as part of a community service project for Earth Day.

Members of the Greenville Michigan Homeschoolers group rolled up their sleeves on Earth Day last week to help the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department distribute an enormous shipment of new woodchips that arrived for Danish Kingdom Playground, April 22. Children of all ages lent a hand raking, shoveling, wheeling and hauling the woodchips to spread them throughout the play area during the community service, from 9 a.m. until noon. “[It was] lots of fun for our whole family,” said homeschooling mom, Erin Snook, of Stanton.

“[My daughter was] so proud to be able to help in this way!” added Teresa Janzen.

The Danish Kingdom Playground is where the Greenville Michigan Homeschoolers support group holds their park play days, making it the ideal location for the students to learn the importance of community service and taking care of the places they live and play.

The Greenville Homeschoolers group took a tour of a recycling facility last week to learn about recycling.

The Greenville Homeschoolers group took a tour of a recycling facility last week to learn about recycling.

Following up the community service project, members took a field trip the next day to Recycle World, a recycling facility which handles and processes recycling for all of Montcalm County. “It was a simple, but very informative tour,” explained Barb Kaaikala, of Greenville. “We were shown the various steps in the recycling process from the time the materials come in the door to the time that they leave. It was interesting to see the ‘crusher’ being fed and to see the big bales of recycled plastics with the containers still recognizable inside.”

Stephanie Herzog, of Orleans, shared, “I learned a lot about the process and some do’s and don’ts that I didn’t know about before. [The] kids walked away with a better grasp of what actually starts to happen to the items that we put in the recycle basket here at home.”

Greenville Michigan Homeschoolers is an inclusive group providing connection, support, group activities, field trips, mom meet-ups and more to area homeschoolers. Members include families from Greenville, Stanton, Ionia, Lowell, Sand Lake, Cedar Springs and the surrounding areas. For more information, visit www.greenvillemichiganhomeschoolers.com

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