Earth Day has been celebrated since 1970.
Ormond Beach celebrated Earth Day at City Hall on April 21. Since 1970, the holiday has been celebrated worldwide in order to help provide information on how to protect the environment. The plaza at city hall was lined with vendors and booths offering information on the importance of, and ways to protect the environment. The event attracted hundreds, including children from local Ormond Beach schools. The children were able to interact at the booths, learn about our environment, and see firsthand the value of protecting it for their future.
The Ormond Beach Garden Club gave out a variety of plant seeds and a cup of soil to the children in attendance in order to teach them how to grow and care for their own plant at home. The club had on display a plant that started out as a seed given to a student just last year. The student was very proud of his progress and so was the club.
Students from Mrs. Bordis’ class at Ormond Beach Elementary were excited to jump between the learning booths. They snatched up their cups from the garden club and quickly moved on to the Volusia County’s environmental booth, Where Volunteer Coordinator Becki O’Keefe had created an interactive game using faux eggs she’d created out of cardboard with a photo of a local animal glued to each one. The game challenged children to determine whether that animal lays eggs or not.
Bordis hoped the event would show her class how to protect our earth and the resources that are available to protect it.Along with Bordis’s class, adults and children that attended were able to have some fun while celebrating this worldwide event.