May 2006

 

Joyful Junk ProjectEnvironmental education raises youth’s awareness

The YMCA & JCC of Greater Toledo celebrated Earth Day by hosting an effective community teaching project.

Families in the community worked together to create art projects made from junk and taught the youngest generation about enviromental conservation at the same time.

Art submissions were judged by Judy L. Hagen, recycling program coordinator for the city of Perrysburg, Ohio.

Other activities promoted awareness, including earth bracelets featuring brown beads representing the earth, blue for water, clear for air, green for things that grow and a yellow bead for the sun.

One entire wall was covered with paper birthday cakes, in honor of Earth Day’s 35th year, and each listed a way that members of the community can benefit the environment. The easy suggestions included turning off the water while brushing your teeth, recycling your soda cans and turning off lights in empty rooms.

The recycling education event met community officials’ expectations and will most likely become an annual occurance.

 


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