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4/22/10

Youngsters to celebrate Earth Day in Lubbock

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.  It's a time for people to focus on the environment.  Here in Lubbock there are some special activities planned to bring attention to greener activities.

"There's so many simple things you can do to recycle," Lubbock Municipal Garden and Arts Center Director Paula Griffith said.

For some, art is a way to recycle. That's the lesson from Griffith.  This Earth Day the center will host a special workshop to create bird houses and feeders out of recycled materials.

"They have a blast with it, and you know they can get creative and do whatever they want. It's something we like to send home with the parents, that kids can be creative with things found around the house," Griffith said. 

"I think the green environment is something that we all need to work for," Mahon Early Childhood Center Principal Willetta Norman said. 

At Mahon Early Childhood Center, students are getting another hands-on lesson in greener living. They're planting their own garden of flowers and vegetables grown from seedlings in the classroom.

"It sets the stepping stones to go on for the future and being able to actually grow some of their own food in their back yards or wherever they live," Norman said. 

These are just a few of the ways folks will celebrate Earth Day, but organizers say it's important to remain environmentally conscious year round.

If you'd like to take part in the Earth Day bird house workshop at the Municipal Garden and Arts Center, that happens Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The center is located at 44th Street and University Avenue.  Materials will be provided, but you can also bring your own decorations.

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