PLATTSBURGH Local students are planning to show how small steps can make a big difference in saving the planet. Students involved with Plattsburgh City School Districts Learn and Serve America program will host their second annual Environmental Awareness Fair next Sunday, April 27, at Champlain Centre on Smithfield Boulevard. The event will open at noon with speeches by Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Bernie C. Bassett and Plattsburgh City Mayor Donald M. Kasprzak at the malls center court, followed by a discussion led by Craig Squire from Casella Waste Management about local recycling efforts. Poet Jeff Cochran will also lead children from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh in an interactive dance performance. The fair will continue until 2 p.m. and feature more than 30 displays throughout the mall designed by students, Girl Scouts, local organizations, and other concerned citizens in an effort to teach the public ways to protect the environment. Donations of used cell phones and eye glasses will be collected as part of the reuse portion of the reduce, reuse, recycle concept one of the fairs main focal points. Karen McCarthy, who serves as coordinator for the Plattsburgh school districts Learn and Serve America program through the Champlain Valley Family Center, said the fair is becoming an annual event to bring attention to issues facing the North Country and beyond. This started as a service learning project for the school district and weve tried to expand it to become more community-oriented, explained McCarthy. Learn and Serve America has students regularly performing community service projects such as the fair that teach important lessons, McCarthy said. Next Sundays program will involve students at the elementary school level through high school, teaching the importance of recycling and reducing their environmental footprint. [Students] sit next to corporations, agencies and other organizations that are also pushing environmental awareness giving them a first-hand look at what theyre contributing to save the earth, said McCarthy. Were hoping through this were opening several generations of eyes to recycling, saving energy and everything else across the board. I think it makes a big impact, she added. Everybody can do their part. The event is sponsored by Learn and Serve America, the League of Women Voters of the Plattsburgh Area and Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York. The program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties Inc. For more information about the fair or how to participate, contact Karen McCarthy at 562-9009 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.