Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – As the nation celebrated Earth Day Wednesday, the Coahoma Community College Tigers banded together to show their love for this beautiful planet and educate the campus on easy methods to help conserve resources.
Earth Day is a celebration honoring nature and the role we play in keeping the planet clean. CCC’s Math and Science led the campus in the nation-wide observation with a myriad of activities aimed at helping out Mother Earth.
“In the past we have traditionally commemorated Earth Day by planting a crepe myrtle, but this year we wanted to do something more hands-on for student to realize the importance of Earth Day and some things we can do to preserve our Earth,” said CCC Math and Science Chair Patricia Furdge.
The day kicked off with students from Math Instructor Pamela Tucker’s class visiting Clarksdale’s recycling center to drop off aluminum cans and plastic bottles collected during the past few weeks.
Students in Tucker and Chemistry Instructor Patrina Thompson classes whipped up batches of non-toxic window cleaner, vinegar deodorizer, laundry detergent and all-purpose cleaner to hand out to students, faculty and staff.
Other students created biodegradable jewelry, picture frames, bookmarks and created a special water-saving eco-system from a 2-liter bottle that channeled yarn through the soil into water located at the bottom of the bottle to cutback on using water everyday to water the plant.
The day continued with students forming a “Pick-up Squad”, picking up trash along Friars Point Road in front of the school. A “Tote Your Own Trash” competition was also hosted that featured special prizes for the winner and door prizes to those students attending. Information about Earth Day and its mission as well as the importance of recycling was also passed out during the event
Tucker said the students were all enthused about completing the projects and seemed to grasp the larger message of Earth Day.
“I hope that students took away the fact that if we don’t preserve the earth, who will?” said Tucker. “The Earth is here for us so we have to come up with ways to preserve what we have.”
Furdge said she’s pleased with the enthusiasm and support of the campus.
“The students came up with original ideas and I loved the enthusiasm they’ve showed in completing these projects. They were so excited about (the projects) and I think it’s something we’ll do each year and hopefully we can make it bigger and better next year.”
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