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Many hands-on activities for children will highlight the Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 26, at East Central College.  The free event will be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building at the college campus in Union.


Children will have the opportunity to plant samplings, enjoy safe solar viewing, learn about recycling and repurposing and also learn about animal and their habitats.  There will be a variety of games focused on protecting the earth’s natural resources.


Exhibitors include the Missouri Conservation Department, Graphic Packaging International, Missouri Citizens for Change, Eastern Missouri Dark Sky Observers, The Zion UCC Green Team,  Hillermann’s Nursery & Florist and Missouri Master Naturalists. Night Train Gardens and several other organizations will also be in attendance.   In addition, several ECC student organizations will have demonstrations and activities promoting environmental awareness and recycling. 


The public is encouraged to bring old electronics and cell phones to ECC's  Earth Day event.  Cell phones and cell phone accessories will be donated to ALIVE. The organization refurbishes the phones so they can be used by victims of domestic violence.  Other electronics will be sent to Spectrum Ecycle Solutions Inc. of St. Louis for recycling.  There is a limit of one TV per person.


Dr. Parvadha Govindaswamy, ECC biology instructor and event coordinator, noted that that the college hopes families can visit the campus April 26 to learn what they can do to conserve and protect the environment, and also be exposed to the educational and career opportunities in environment and science related careers.  “We want children to have fun with science,” said Govindaswamy.


For more information about Earth Day activities at ECC call 636-584-6507.

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