The Portage County Solid Waste Management District Recycling Center helps the earth every day by finding new uses for discarded paper, plastic and cans.
So instead of planning a special event for Earth Day, the district has decided to partner with groups that already are doing events.
"Every day for us is Earth Day," said Dawn McIntyre of the district.
The recycling district is one of several community organizations helping the Crestwood Outdoor Education Committee celebrate its 10th Annual Earth Day Celebration. The event will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 25 in the courtyard between Crestwood's intermediate and primary schools on Bowen Road in Mantua.
Jo Walsh, a third-grade teacher at the intermediate school, is one of the coordinators of the event. She said the event is free, although t-shirts and food will be available to purchase.
There will be 20 to 25 stations set up by community groups such as the Portage County recycling center, Portage County Soil and Water Conservation District, Hiram College and others, plus stations set up by teachers at the elementary schools. Although a few things are offered at a modest cost to cover expenses, most items are free.
"The activities are free and hands-on," Walsh said. "It's a celebration for the community. We encourage everybody to come."
Walsh said the event takes place between the two schools, and teachers and parents from both buildings are involved. She said her children, once participants in the activities, are now mature enough to help with the event.
"We work really hard to make fun things that kids can do to learn about the environment," she said.
In the past, students have planted seeds and watched interactive displays on recycling, the river and rocks.
In the past, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has participated, as well as groups from Geauga County.
This year, students from the National Honor Society at Crestwood High School will be helping, and some parents who make honey will have a display.
Reservations are requested through the district to ensure there are enough materials for each child.
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