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Sunday, May 27, 2018
Principal Michele Somishka releases a bag of ladybugs in a small garden behind the academy. Principal Michele Somishka releases a bag of ladybugs in a small garden behind the academy.
This young student shows excitement as she examines a ladybug. This young student shows excitement as she examines a ladybug.
RIGHT: One child enthusiastically shows others the ladybug in her hand. RIGHT: One child enthusiastically shows others the ladybug in her hand.
LEFT: The children gather to look at the ladybugs as they move around the garden.PRESS PHOTOS BY MARK KIRLIN LEFT: The children gather to look at the ladybugs as they move around the garden.PRESS PHOTOS BY MARK KIRLIN

Celebrating Earth Day

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by MARK KIRLIN Special to The Press in Local News

Chesterbrook Academy, 1550 Valley Center Parkway, Bethlehem, held its annual ladybug launch April 20 in celebration of Earth Day.

On a very bright and cool morning, students headed outside for the event wearing their ladybug hats with antennas.

At 10 a.m. Principal Michele Somishka released a bag of approximately 1,500 ladybugs and the kids enthusiastically swarmed around the bugs, picking them up and holding them in their hands.

Leading up to the launch, the students learned all about ladybugs and their effect on the environment. Seeing and touching the bugs added a positive learning experience for the students.

The launch continues to be one of the most popular events held at Chesterbrook Academy.