BRAWLEY — Barbara Esquivel was met with shouts of joy and thunderous applause after she announced to a group of third-graders from Myron D. Witter Elementary School they would have the opportunity to take home a strawberry plant in honor of Earth Day.
Esquivel, the owner of Green Patch Nursery, spoke to the young students about different types of plants and trees from her business, here Monday.
“We have to water it and make sure it gets sun and food,” Sydney said.
Sydney’s classmate Ellie Hosains said she was happy to take a small field trip on Earth Day.
“I learned that we need to recycle and take care of all the plants,” Ellie said.
The trip was organized by Witter teachers Heidi Leuteritz and Cheryl Charlton in the hopes of teaching their students the importance of caring for the planet.
“I think it’s important that students learn early on the important role they play in the community,” Leuteritz said. “Hopefully this will teach the kids to recycle and help keep the earth clean and beautiful.”
Both teachers agreed the small outing was a success due in part to Esquivel and her husband, Richard.
“Mr. and Mrs. Esquivel went above and beyond my expectations,” Charlton said. “They were so enthusiastic with their lessons and it’s wonderful that the students get to take home a plant.”
Esquivel said she decided to give each student a strawberry plant as a way for them to see their hard work.
“I think it’ll be nice for the students to see the plant grow and if they take care of it, they can eventually eat the fruit,” she said.
Witter students celebrate Earth Day