STEM Academy students clean up the parks

WAUKESHA (WITI) -- More than 800 STEM Academy students dressed in boots and gloves spent Earth Day (Monday, April 22nd) cleaning up the parks.

"We are helping the Earth and it`s important for the Earth to be clean," fourth-grader Avani Tandon said.

Fourth and fifth-grade students collected trash and recyclables at Frame Park to celebrate Earth Day.

"We’re finding a lot of plastic mostly bottles and we’re finding a lot of foam things," fifth-grader Grace Armbrust said.

Teachers hope the kids learn a powerful lesson about helping the environment.

"It teaches the kids to take care of their surroundings and the public land that they'll be using," teacher Laurie Probst said.

This is the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day.  The STEM Academy has been cleaning up the parks for two years.