By Senior Airman Regina Edwards
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
The 45th anniversary of Earth Day blossomed at Arnold Drive Elementary School on Wednesday.
The school invited 5th and 6th graders from Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School: Flightline Upper Academy and homeschool children to participate in learning about threatened and endangered animals as well as other environmental concerns.
“It’s important to recognize Earth Day because I think a lot of times we take the earth and what we have for granted,” said James Popham, the 19th Civil Engineer Squadron natural resources manager. “This is a good time for people to volunteer and reach out a little around base to build and strengthen our natural environment.”
Throughout the day, children in Pre-K-6th grades, walked through a nature trail, stopping at several exhibits where they learned about the Monarch Butterfly, Nutria, preserving water and taking care of the earth to name a few.
Sparky the Fire Dog and McGruff the Crime Dog were in attendance to take pictures and educate the children about safety.
Team Little Rock Airmen also showed their appreciation throughout the week by planting and grooming in areas around the base, increasing not only its beauty, but the pride they have for their installation.