TICONDEROGA - Students at Ticonderoga High School are gearing up to participate in their second annual Earth Day celebration on April 22.
Ticonderoga residents will see groups of young people, supervised by faculty and staff, around town throughout the day cleaning up trash along community streets.
Art teacher Marsha LaPointe and business teacher Bill Morse gathered support among faculty, staff and students in 2008 to recognize collective responsibility for making a difference to benefit the planet.
This year Britney McCarthy, who assumed LaPointe's position when she retired, will oversee the poster contest designed to raise awareness of environmental issues.
As they did last year, students will sign out of study halls to work in various locations around town cleaning up. Some entire classes will participate, although most activities take place during student study halls and teacher prep periods in order not to disrupt academic routines.
Some classes will focus on lessons geared to help students "observe, conserve, and preserve the environment."
Many teachers will deliver paperless lessons for the day. Study halls will offer videos with environmental themes. Everyone is being encouraged to walk, bike or carpool to work and school in the hope that this will become a lifelong habit.
Earth Day was first established in 1970 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson as a national day to focus on environmental issues. Nelson believed that "education is the key to changing people's attitudes about the environment."
A number of school groups, particularly the Ti High School Store, offer recycling opportunities throughout the year.
Members of the community interested in taking part should contact Bill Morse at the high school at 585-6661, ext. 154 or firstname.lastname@example.org