“To me this place shows we care for our school and the Earth and that we want a nice community,” Palomares, 10, said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Earth Day celebration EL MONTE – More than 100 elementary students showed off their green thumbs Wednesday to help make the Earth a better place. As part of the San Gabriel River Earth Day 2007, about 150 fourth- and fifth-graders from Twin Lakes Elementary School spent the morning planting over 350 California-native trees and plants along the river. County Supervisor Gloria Molina dedicated the area – located behind the school – and said the program will help ensure students understand the importance of taking care of the environment. “We want the kids to learn the value of protecting and respecting the limited resources we have,” Molina said. The garden and recreation area, often referred to as an “eco-classroom,” has benches, a walking path and rows of assorted trees, including California sycamore and white sage. Angelica Sifuentes-Donoso, the school’s principal, explained to students trees are needed for oxygen and urged them to continue recycling and conserving water. “This is our way to help in a minute way and preserve our environment,” Sifuentes-Donoso said. Student Darlene Palomares said she thinks the garden is a nice addition to her school.