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Children at The Franklin Schools are still singing songs from a musical adaptation of “The Lorax” they presented April 26.

The 5- and 6-year-olds worked with the school’s drama specialist Lucy Huff to sing and dance through the morality tale telling them not to cut down trees.

That is what Cole Cohen, 5, of Gaithersburg, said he learned.

“Never chop down trees because then the animals cannot live,” Cole said.

Daniel Blackmore, 6, of Rockville was a bear in the show. He said he had to find a new place to live when the Once-ler, played by his friend James Chen, 6, of North Potomac, started his deforestation.

“The Lorax,” by Dr. Seuss, was published in 1971. It is a fable about the danger corporate greed causes to the environment.

Amy Beam, outdoor education specialist at the school, said the students learned more than an awareness of the environment from their production.

“They’ve learned the confidence to stand up to present [the play] in front of parents and grandparents,” she said.