Earth Day shared with local students

By Emily Alexander
On April 24, 2014

On Tuesday, hundreds of A-State and surrounding public school students and faculty gathered outside the Student Union to celebrate Earth Day.

Several organizations and businesses around the community set up booths for the students to enjoy with Earth Day related themes. Some gave out free flowers, others had snakes and wildlife presentations, and some were purely informational.

“We had a bunch of different tables set up with people from the community showing their different environmental wears or their environmental services,” said Jennifer Bouldin, associate professor of environmental biology.

“We have the Mark Recycling, which is what ASU utilizes for their recycling program. We have the ASU facilities, which shows what all they recycle; they’re showing the bike paths that are going to be introduced on the campus. There are a lot of the ASU clubs here like the Wildlife Club and the Marine Biology Club, and things like that that are also showing different things that the kids are interested in,” she added.

A group of Westside High School students came in their “environmentally friendly” costumes for class credit in their environmental science class.

“I think the reason it’s important is because you can (make) different things out of recyclable items, and that’s really why I think we did this project,” said Westside student Abby Ray. “It shows not only is it for Earth’s benefit, but you can use recyclable items for a lot of things.”

Cam Mahone, a junior biology major of El Dorado, was one of the A-State students in attendance.

“Earth Day is important because it raises awareness about how we can be sustainable and protect our planet,” he said.

Bouldin was enthusiastic with the amount of student participation from both A-State and outside high schools at the Earth Day event, and said she hopes for it to continue growing.

“Earth Day brings an awareness of how important it is to recycle and reuse because our natural resources are limited,” she said. “So, if we don’t preserve them, they’re gone forever once we use them. In thinking about future generations and their needs, it’s important. This is one reason it’s important to introduce this to the elementary kids.”

ASU has a committee dedicated solely to this event and bringing awareness about the Earth to the students. Bouldin has chaired the inter-department Earth Day committee since 2006.

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