SCHERERVILLE | For the past three years, second-graders at Watson Elementary School the Schererville Walmart have been working as a team to spread the news that it is important to care for planet Earth.
Under the direction of Walmart's PSP Captain Cveta Tanaskoski and teacher Tina Ostrom, Watson's second-grade teachers and their students have been working together to spread the message that everyone can make a difference when it comes to protecting the Earth.
Each year, Walmart asks the students to create posters with messages that reflect healthy Earth Day practices. These posters are hung in the aisles throughout the store. The messages give advice and reminders to recycle, plant new trees, and make everyday as important as Earth Day.
In return, Walmart employees come to Watson each year and plant with the children.
This year, Tanaskoski, Zone Manager Timothy Theodozio, Department Manager Kevin Schulz and Asst. Manager Shir'mond Burroughs arrived at Watson on Earth Day and gave each student a flower seed that they planted in a cup and later took home with them. The adults also planted trees and flowers outside the second grade classroom windows, and the students helped by watering the new plants.
"Our students really enjoyed working with Walmart," Ostrom said. "They have been learning about the different roles businesses serve in our community, as well the importance of the 3Rs - reduce, reuse, and recycle. This project was a great opportunity for them to see how a school and community can come together for a good cause."
The students have also been learning responsibility as they take turns watering their new trees and plants to assure proper growth, Ostrom added.
Walmart and Schererville Store Manager Veronica Brosseau helped Watson second graders "learn a valuable lesson on how, even at a young age, they can make a difference," Ostrom said.