DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) -First grade students from Plato Elementary School went on a special field trip for an opportunity to give back to the community.
In recognition of the Stephens County United Way Day of Caring, students went to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center and traded in their textbooks for dirt and shovels. Each student planted flowers while also helping to lay mulch.
School administrators say teachers saw the field trip as not only as a way to teach about science and the environment, but a way to show the young students the importance of giving back to their community.
Hailey Payne, a first grade student at Plato Elementary, says she's kind of a pro when it comes to planting flowers.
"Well, I used to live in Florida and I planted flowers there," Payne said.
She says she enjoys a day away from the classroom, she also recognizes the importance of the lesson.
"Because playing flowers is so much fun and flowers is part of nature and we want to take care of nature,"
While Payne and her friend Jena Weightman are having a good time, Chisholm Trail Heritage Center director Stacy Cramer Moore says for the people who work there, their help, no matter how small, means the world to them.
"This is such a help to us. It makes our lives so much easier and so much better. We just appreciate United Way and everybody who helped us today," Cramer Moore said.
Payne says she's happy she and her classmates could lend a helping hand to the heritage center. She says it not only made her feel proud, but helped to beautify the city.
"To make Duncan beautiful. To make everybody say wow," Payne said.
After the students completed their work at the heritage center, they headed over to the Duncan Senior Citizen Center to plant flowers.
Around 250 volunteers took part in the Day of Caring. Fifteen agencies, half of those of were United Way agencies and the other half not-for-profit agencies, benefited from the event.