Lansing school district students will do their part to recognize Earth Day, which will be celebrated Monday.

Lansing High School students will attend an Earth Day assembly at 9 a.m. Monday at Lansing Elementary School. They will challenge each elementary grade level to do something to better the environment.

At 1:35 p.m. Monday, elementary students will plant flowers and clean up flower beds in front of the school.

Second-grade students, teachers and parents also will launch a Building Beautification Project, which will include revamping the main entrance of the elementary school, building planters and planting perennials.

They also will pick up trash along a stretch of road near the school and clean the playground.

“As a second-grade team, we decided that we needed to do something more for our students than just reading about Earth Day,” said Suzanne Phillips, a second-grade teacher at the school. “So we wanted to give them a hands-on experience in cleaning up around our school, our community and planting flowers and plants to make our school a more beautiful place to attend. We hope that these activities and the experience will encourage our students to do more for the community and our environment.”

Phillips said the school hopes to make this an annual Earth Day tradition.

“We are hoping to continue to incorporate other projects each year and make this an even better place to come to every day,” she said. “Maybe the kiddos will take it upon themselves to make other places more beautiful by helping to pick up trash or planting some flowers. It is never too early to teach our little ones the value of hard work and volunteering for the community.”

Phillips said projects like this teach students that they are never too young to make a difference in the world.

“We are also hoping that our students take away the importance of caring for our environment and our community,” she said.