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UVCS Environmental Club celebrates Earth Day at Morning Program
On April 22, the UVCS Environmental Club visited Morning Program to help students and staff celebrate Earth Day.

Mr. Jackson and club members began the program by clapping and dancing to a remake of the song entitled “Celebration,” by Kool and the Gang, which stimulated the enthusiasm of the young audience.

Club officers, Tia Peck, Megan Carpenter, Mckayla Brown, Keana Schrag along with club member Kendra Manwarren and Gina Delsontro, introduced the mission of the Environmental club, which is to emphasize the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling the items we use each day. They gave a brief history of how the first Earth Day began on April 22, 1970 after organizers agreed that too many industries and civilians were abusing the Earth with oil spills, raw sewage, pesticides, excessive trash and air pollution.

The presenters explained how Senator Gaylord Nelson called upon citizens and college students to rally against habitat destruction, air, water and land pollution after the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara channel upset the ecosystem in Southern California.

Students were reminded of the types of materials that can be recycled, the things they can do to be good stewards of our Earth and how to reduce the amount of trash that goes into our landfills. Club members emphasized the importance of keeping Earth clean by placing trash in a garbage can, cleaning up trash in our local environment and planting trees to help replenish fresh air. The Environmental Club collects recyclable paper throughout the school each week to help the recycling process within our school.

The program concluded with audience interaction regarding ways to “Think Green,” save energy and how we can all do things that are good for the Earth. With a slight change of the lyrics to fit the “Celebrate Earth Day” theme, Mr. Jackson led the audience in a sing-a-long to “Celebration.”