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The Suburbanite
  • Earth Day on Kent Stark campus draws local families

  • It was all fun and games with some education thrown in at Kent State University Stark Campus’ annual Earth Day Celebration.

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  • It was all fun and games with some education thrown in at Kent State University Stark Campus’ annual Earth Day Celebration.
    The free family event held near the campus’ Wetlands Research area Sunday afternoon featured educational activities and demonstrations, along with nature walks, games, and giveaways.
    Cotton candy wafted through the air as kids learned all the ins and outs of recycling and the importance of doing so.
    Jon Lisauskas of Canton said his 5-year-old son Alex received an Earth Day coloring contest page at Warstler School where he attends kindergarten and he really wanted to turn it in and try to win a prize.
    Lisauskas said his family recycles, but added with smile “we’re not super religious about it. We try to stay on Alex.”
    Alex spent a good portion of the afternoon in one of the two giant sandboxes set up by the school’s Geology Club. There, children dug for homemade fossils.
    “We’re allowing kids to practice their archeology skills,” said Tim Leopold, a club member who majors in geology and French at Kent.
    Leopold said the study of geology is committed to making sure the earth is still here for thousands of years to come. Learning about the earth’s past, he said, helps to ensure its future.
    Many of his classmates, he said are interested in oil and gas industry careers, “to make sure they are doing what they should be doing.”
    Leopold said as long as the industry is drilling responsibly, hydraulic fracturing is not a problem, but a geologist’s role is to protect resources.
    Leanne Barton and Molly Adelman of Paradise United Church of Christ in Louisville brought a group of fourth- and fifth-graders to Earth Day.
    The group had cotton candy and participated in the old-fashioned potato sack races.
    “We wanted to help the kids learn about Earth Day and how we can care for God’s world,” Barton said.
    Among the other participants were Beech Creek Botanical Gardens, Canton Audubon Society, Canton Museum of Art, Stark Parks, Stark County Health Department, and Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District.