Barlow Mountain Elementary School fourth grader Romina DePietro-Lopez got her wish last Friday when she and her classmates led the schools Earth Day awareness program, Earth First.

Earlier this year, DePietro-Lopez proposed the idea to Principal Rebecca Pembrook, who in turn helped her develop a committee and game plan to make it happen.  

Romina and Astrid Kropas led a station about the endangered orangutans, while Lily Sidovar and Jaimee Kuphal worked with beekeeper Carol Devito to educate people about the importance of bees.  

All classes — kindergartners through fifth graders — spent time at each of the stations learning and finding out what they could to do to make a change for the better going forward.  

“We hope for this to be the first of many annual student-led ‘Earth First’ events at Barlow Mountain Elementary School,” said Emily Mills, who helped organize the event.