Mehlville students plant seedlings in honor of Earth Day

Wohlwend Elementary School kindergarten teacher Ellen Geders and her students, along with the first grade students in Shannon Dechau's class, planted seedlings on the school's campus on April 19. The seedlings, which were donated by Schneider Electric, were planted near the kindergarten playground with the hopes of providing shade for future Wohlwend kindergarteners.

Wohlwend Elementary School kindergarten teacher Ellen Geders and her students, along with the first grade students in Shannon Dechau’s class, planted seedlings on the school’s campus on April 19. The seedlings, which were donated by Schneider Electric, were planted near the kindergarten playground with the hopes of providing shade for future Wohlwend kindergarteners.

The students and staff in several Mehlville School District schools took an extra step to help the environment during their Earth Day celebrations this year.

Five district schools received seedlings, donated by Schneider Electric, to plant on their school grounds, and the company donated additional seedlings for students to take home and plant in their neighborhoods and throughout the community as well.

“The seedling donation from Schneider Electric gave our schools a great opportunity to enhance the existing greenery on their campuses while teaching students the importance of protecting the environment. We would like to thank Tracey Capriglione at Schneider Electric for helping us with this Earth Day project,” Facilities Director Steve Habeck, whose department coordinated the seedling donation, stated in a news release.

The facilities department worked with each school to schedule the seedling delivery and determine the best location on the school’s campus for the seedlings to be planted, the release stated.