There was a packed house at Meridian's Union Station Friday to mark Earth Day.
Over 100 first grade students at Southeast Lauderdale Elementary School, along with city officials, celebrated mother earth and its beauty during the 35th Anniversary of Earth Day.
Participants say it's about more than just observing the beauty of nature, but also about renewing one's commitment to saving our living planet.
Lisa Greer, a teacher at Southeast Lauderdale Elementary School, said all through the month, students have been learning the valuable lesson of the role that they play in honoring the world they live in by keeping it clean.
"We were trying to teach children that we are the one's responsible for the earth and we have to take care of it," said Greer.
People in the community were also recognized and given awards for their service of keeping their community beautiful.
"I'm very proud to have achieved it and to know that I am doing something that is benefiting others," said Ronald Ragland.
Earth Day was celebrated in other ways in the community. A Girl Scout troop also planted flowers at the Lauderdale County Welcome Center at Toomsuba.