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Kent State University at Stark Celebrates Earth Day 2012

Posted Apr. 9, 2012
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Singer Foster Brown will perform original children’s nature
songs and stories during the Earth Day celebration at Kent
State University at Stark.

Kent State University at Stark commemorates Earth Day 2012 with the presentation of events to inspire the awareness of environmental responsibility and to improve the appreciation for our planet’s natural resources. Kent State Stark has partnered with the following sponsors to present these events: The Repository, Diebold Inc., Cain Toyota, The Print Shop, AEP Ohio, Enviroscapes, Brewer-Garrett, SōL Harris/Day Architecture, Republic Services and SARTA. The event will take place at Kent State Stark, 6000 Frank Ave. NW in Jackson Township, and is free and open to the public.

On Sunday, April 22, from 1 to 4 p.m., Kent State Stark will present the Earth Day Celebration at the Campus Center and Campus Pond area. Attendees will enjoy a family-friendly afternoon filled with environmental educational activities, entertainment, demonstrations and discussions for all ages.

Activities include:

  • Children’s Area: 1 to 3:45 p.m. – Face painting, mock fossil dig, games – three-legged and sack races and much more
  • Guided Walks: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Planetary and nature walks.

Entertainment Schedule:

  • Garbage Busters Recycling Show: 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. – Tess the Trash Lady teaches children how recycling can be fun and educational. With puppetry, comedy magic, storytelling and music, the program shows children simple concepts about the importance of recycling and how they can make a difference for our planet.
  • Singer Foster Brown: 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. – Foster Brown will perform original children’s nature songs and stories, while he accompanies himself on the guitar, banjo, fiddle, dulcimer and various percussion instruments. He encourages the audience to participate in the lively songs with hand motions, call-and-response and sing-alongs.

Throughout the event, Kent State Stark student organizations and contributing groups will conduct demonstrations and discuss how to positively impact our world. Participating organizations include: Stark Parks, Canton Audubon Society, Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District, Ohio EPA, Herbert W. Hoover Foundation Initiative in Environmental Media, Stark County Department of Health, Canton Country Day School and Energy Instruction Group LLC. The event will include a Toyota Prius, on display from Cain Toyota, as well as Kent State Stark’s security vehicle, a 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid.

The Arbor Day Foundation recently recognized Kent State Stark as a 2011 Tree Campus USA University for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. This is the third consecutive year that Kent State Stark has received this distinction.

For more information about Kent State Stark’s Earth Day Celebration, call 330-244-3223 or visit www.stark.kent.edu/EarthDay.