PLATTSBURGH - The Earth Week Committee, which consists of members of the Plattsburgh Green Committee, is planning a week of free events for all to enjoy.
From film discussions to a book discussion to a day of musical entertainment and educational information, the Earth Week Committee has dedicated their time to plan events that will teach people to understand the importance of taking care of the Earth.
Peg McCartney, a member of the Earth Week Committee and a teacher at Bailey Avenue Elementary School, said many of the other members of the committee are concerned about the next generation.
"A lot of people who are on the Green Committee are educators and/or parents and we're very concerned about the next generation coming up and we want them to take better care of the Earth," she said.
One of the main events the committee has planned is a Kid's Day at Melissa L. Penfield Park this Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event will begin with a bike parade for children around the park. Kids can dress up their bike and should wear helmets for protection.
McCartney said the reason for the parade is "just to promote being outside and appreciating nature and getting fresh air and exercise."
After the bike parade, tables will be set up with many crafts for children to enjoy, including making instruments from recycled material.
These instruments will be utilized during the finale of the day, when committee member Pat Ostrander will perform a song he wrote titled "Every Day Earth Day."
"It's kind of a celebration, [music is] kind of a reflective ability," explained McCartney. "It's just so [the kids] can join in and participate fully."
McCartney added many other events have been planned for the day by the committee.
"We're going to plant seeds that day and face painting and kite flying," she said, "all kinds of healthy outdoor activities."
Children from McCartney's first grade class have also been working hard to perform a skit during the day.
"The play is about the rainforest and protecting the rainforest," McCartney said. "And two of them in particular spent a lot of time writing it and scenery. We tried to include all the other kids in the classroom."
Adison Erb, one of the students who wrote the play said "I really wanted to do a play before and I never did."
Vaia Graves, the other student who helped create the play, explained the rainforest "gives us fresh air and people are cutting them down."
Students in McCartney's class are also creating Earth Day-related art which the committee will showcase during their big celebration at the Durke Street Farmer's Market Saturday, April 25.
"We'd like to encourage other schools [to participate], if they have any art work that they'd like to display that day pertaining to Earth Day," she said.
The committee is also looking for help from the community to make the Kid's Day a success.
The arts and crafts the kids will be making will be out of recycled material. The committee is asking people to save their cardboard egg cartons, paper towel rolls, and ribbon and fabric. If anyone would like to contribute these items, the North Country Food Co-op, located at 25 Bridge St., will hold the items for the committee.
More information regarding Kid's Day and the entire Earth Week Celebration can be found on-line at www.localearthweek.blogspot.com.