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Kid's Day heads local Earth Week celebration

PLATTSBURGH - The Earth Week Committee, which consists of members of the Plattsburgh Green Committee, is planning a week of free events for all to enjoy.

From film discussions to a book discussion to a day of musical entertainment and educational information, the Earth Week Committee has dedicated their time to plan events that will teach people to understand the importance of taking care of the Earth.

Peg McCartney, a member of the Earth Week Committee and a teacher at Bailey Avenue Elementary School, said many of the other members of the committee are concerned about the next generation.

"A lot of people who are on the Green Committee are educators and/or parents and we're very concerned about the next generation coming up and we want them to take better care of the Earth," she said.

One of the main events the committee has planned is a Kid's Day at Melissa L. Penfield Park this Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will begin with a bike parade for children around the park. Kids can dress up their bike and should wear helmets for protection.

McCartney said the reason for the parade is "just to promote being outside and appreciating nature and getting fresh air and exercise."

After the bike parade, tables will be set up with many crafts for children to enjoy, including making instruments from recycled material.

These instruments will be utilized during the finale of the day, when committee member Pat Ostrander will perform a song he wrote titled "Every Day Earth Day."

"It's kind of a celebration, [music is] kind of a reflective ability," explained McCartney. "It's just so [the kids] can join in and participate fully."

McCartney added many other events have been planned for the day by the committee.

"We're going to plant seeds that day and face painting and kite flying," she said, "all kinds of healthy outdoor activities."

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