Saturday, April 26, 2008

Earth Day

Bethlehem Area School District Earth Day Celebration at the city ice rink was a hit with approximately 3,000 elementary school children. The April 22 to 25 program was chocked full of educational displays and information.

City Recycling Center’s information “Why We Recycle” and how long waste remains in the landfill amazed the adults as well as the kids.

Liberty High School’s display of a littered campsite showed the mess that could be left behind by campers.

Freedom High School’s “Global Warming” display came complete with a jeopardy game and a lot of hoots and hollers.

An interest in “Snakes, Frogs, Toads ‘n Bats” was sparked by Penn State Master Gardeners. Facts abounded, such as: “bats can eat up to 600 mosquitoes an hour” and “88% of what a toad eats are critters that are harmful in the garden” and “snakes are meat eaters that keep mice and vole populations under control.”

Commercial displays included slide shows and examples of recycled products. The kids went home with a seedling tree to plant as well as other environmentally themed school supplies. A worthwhile day of information, thanks to BASD and all the hard-working volunteers.

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