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Environmental Awareness Fair to welcome guest speakers

PLATTSBURGH Plans are shaping up for the Environmental Awareness Fair, which is slated for Earth Day - April 22. The Environmental Awareness Fair, sponsored by the Learn and Serve America, the Plattsburgh area League of Women Voters and the North Country Girls Scouts, will be held at the Champlain Centre Mall. The fair will reflect the efforts of the Plattsburgh City School Districts Learn and Serve America Program, which strive to get local students involved in community service projects. This years guest speakers include Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett, City Mayor Donald Kasprzak, State Assemblywoman Janet Duprey and WPTZ Anchorman Thom Hallock. Beginning at noon, near the Gizmo machine, Bassett and Kasprzaks speeches will kick off the event. Next on the list, local poet Jeff Cochran will lead Carla Ensels fifth grade class from Momot in a dance performance. Students from SUNY Plattsburghs Super Saturday School will perform a skit at 1:30 p.m. about endangered species. Students from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh will follow up by singing songs about the environment. The fair will also feature numerous displays (throughout the mall) designed by students, Girl Scouts, and other concerned citizens in an effort to teach the public ways to protect out planet. Assemblywoman Janet Duprey and Thom Hallock will bring the event to an end with closing remarks. About Learn and Serve America, League of Women Voters and NC Girl Scouts: The Learn and Serve America program is funded, in part, by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which provides opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities and country through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America. Working in collaboration with the USA Freedom Corps, they work towards building a culture of citizenship, service and responsibility in America. Further funding comes from the local United Way. The League of Women Voters of the Plattsburgh Area has been working with students through the Learn and Serve program on issues related to recycling and the environment. Girl Scouts of the North Country is also highly committed to helping our world be a better place. For more information about the fair or if you are interested in participating, please call Michelle Ouellette at 562-9009 or email her at mentors@cvfamilycenter.org.

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