The walls of the R.H. Dana Elementary School multipurpose room were crowded with colorful posters and construction-paper cutouts of whales, globes, landfills and six-pack holders.
"Don't destroy the world," warned one poster, decorated with a blue-and-white globe and trees. "Save our ozone layer from litter, so our earth doesn't fry," cautioned another sign.
The room was the site of an Earth Day assembly Friday attended by more than 150 fifth- and sixth-graders and a kindergarten class. The assembly was a project that students, teachers and parents had been planning for weeks.
Andrea Hurst and Gina Diaz, organizers of the assembly and mothers of R.H. Dana youngsters, were responsible for attracting the star of the show, folk singer Michael Mish.
Well-known in educational circles for his songs about children and the environment, Mish talked to the students about the various problems facing the environment and what children can do about them.
"Even if you're small, you can make a difference," he told the group.
Mish went on to entertain the children with songs including "My Electric Car," "Write Your Senator," and "Oil on the Water," a song that struck a particular chord among the Orange County youngsters.