Third- and fourth-graders rushed across the quad at Parkview School on Tuesday, huddling around a gray trash can to ladle a few scoops of dirt into their one-quart milk cartons.
Once back at their lunch tables, the students embedded three seeds the size of Tic-Tacs into the carton with hopes the seeds would develop into full-fledged pines.
It was Earth Day, a time to pay increased attention to environmental issues. Schools throughout Ventura County paid homage to Mother Nature by planting trees, constructing imitation rain forests and discussing environmental issues.
At Parkview School, three Seabees--from the Port Hueneme Naval Construction Battalion Center just around the corner--visited the campus to impart a brief Earth Day history and tree-planting lesson for the 64 students.