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Town Kicks off Grocery Bag Project & Month-long Earth Day Celebration

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Town Kicks off Grocery Bag Project & Month-long Earth Day Celebration

North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the Town Board joined students at Cherry Lane Elementary School in Carle Place recently to kick off the month-long Earth Day celebrations.

Designed to educate children and local residents about the importance of preserving the environment, the April 1 event was also attended by Councilwoman Viviana Russell and a contingent of staffers from the Town’s Department of Community Services. They read to over 300 children over the course of the day.

“These children will one day be the leaders of our community, so I believe its important to educate them about the significance of protecting our environment, not just on Earth Day, but all year round,” Councilwoman Russell said.

The Earth Day kickoff also included the launch of the Grocery Bag project. As part of this national initiative, local grocery stores donate large paper grocery bags, giving students a canvas on which they are encouraged to decorate with environmentally-themed artwork and or messages. Two students from each class are awarded with the winning design, with a total of almost 300 bags with the students’ designs going back to the local grocery stores.

Town officials are scheduled to visit the following schools where they will introduce the Grocery Bag project, using it as a means of educating youngsters about the importance of protecting the environment.

- Tuesday, April 9 & Wednesday, April 10 at 1:30pm: Searingtown School, 106 Beverly Dr., Albertson
- Friday, April 12 at 9am and 1pm: E.M. Baker Elementary School, 69 Baker Hill Rd, Great Neck
- Thursday, April 18 at 2pm: Saddle Rock Elementary School, 10 Hawthorne Lane, Great Neck
- Wednesday, April 24 at 9am: Hampton Street Elementary School, 10 Hampton St., Mineola

In addition, the Annual Earth Day birthday celebration will take place later this month. Town officials are scheduled to visit the following schools to light up a birthday cake for the Earth and release butterflies into the sky. Over one thousand students will participate in this event:

- Friday, April 19 at 9am: Parkville Elementary School, 10 Campbell St. New Hyde Park (400 students)
- Monday, April 22 at 9am: Sousa Elementary School, 101 Sands Point Rd., Port Washington (100 students)
- Monday, April 22 at 1pm: Park Avenue Elementary School, 955 Park Ave., Westbury (800 students)

Councilwoman Russell reads to children at Cherry Lane Elementary School.

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