Earth Day Celebrated with Area Events

Earth Day was celebrated across the Valley on Monday in a variety of ways, with students taking part in cleanups, a fashion show and a recycled jewelry sale.

The 5th annual Trash Bash was held at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center in Canfield. Students in the Interactive Multimedia Academy dug through trash cans throughout the school, then made outfits showing a classy way to recycle.

Some of the items used in the fashions were gift cards, trash bags, CDs and umbrellas. The Trash Bash started as a challenge from the Mahoning County Green Team.

“The students have a blast. It just gives awareness for Earth Day and to reuse and recycle, and we’re just trying to get the word out,” said interactive multimedia teacher Mary Ann Thoburn.

At St. Joseph the Provider School in Youngstown, students in first and fifth grades spent Monday morning walking the school grounds picking up trash, while kindergarten students planted flowers.

Students in the second and third grade spent the day making bird feeders out of pine cones and peanut butter.

“Others are building an ecosystem outside. We’re beginning an outside classroom for our science classes, so they’ll be watching and observing the ecosystem and how it changes with the seasons,” said school president Fr. Michael Swierz.

This was the first year the school participated in Earth Day events.

Also Monday, about a dozen students from the Boardman United Methodist Preschool and Childcare Center took part in the school’s 5th Annual Earth Day Sale. The items included necklaces made from a Christmas tree trunk and old puzzle pieces, as well as tin can wind chimes made from juice lids and washers.

This year, the school partnered with local company Brown House Garments, and added t-shirts to the list of items for sale. The school wants to teach the students it’s their responsibility to help care for the Earth.

“They’re our future, and if we can get them to have a passion for this at 5 years old, then that’s something that we know they’ll carry on through the rest of their life,” said Cara Pecchia, lead pre-k teacher at Boardman United Methodist Preschool.

Proceeds from the Earth Day Sale and t-shirts will go to the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation to care for community gardens throughout the city.

Earth Day also was celebrated on Lake Glacier in Youngstown as 50 Christmas trees were dumped into the lake by the Ohio Department of Wildlife.  The trees were dropped off at area recycling centers after the holiday.

Once they were attached to a cement block, they were thrown into the water.

“What this does is it starts to feed the bottom of the food chain, so bugs and stuff will come to eat the tree, the little fish come to eat the bugs and big fish eat the little fish and the big fish get on your lines, on your hooks, and you take them home and eat them,” said Dan Wright, a fish management technician for the Ohio Department of Wildlife.

This year, the Mahoning Valley Green Team collected 2,000 trees.  They also will be dumped into the waters of Berlin Lake, Lake Milton and Mosquito Lake.

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