Above, bags decorated by local students for this year's Earth Day.
Submitted by Diane Kinzer
Keep Pickens Beautiful is joining forces with local businesses, Pickens County school children, homeschoolers (via Pickens Public Library) and the students at Wildwood Christian Academy to celebrate Earth Day.
Foothills IGA, Ingles, Jasper Drug, Kroger, Northside Pharmacy and Piggly Wiggly donated bags for the students to decorate. These bags will be given out during the weekend of Earth Day, April 21 and/or April 22.
KPB is participating in the “Earth Day Grocery Bags Project” that was started by Mark Ahlness, a 3rd grade teacher from Arbor Heights Elementary School in Seattle, Wa., in 1994.
The number of participants will be registered on the earthdaybags.org website and participating organizations will receive certificates. A total of 2,545 students participated in the project.
There was 100 percent participation from Harmony Elementary, Hill City Elementary, Jasper Elementary, Tate Elementary and at Wildwood Christian Academy. Three hundred art students from Jasper Middle and Pickens County Middle School participated and also the Environmental Club from Pickens High School.
Homeschoolers have an opportunity to participate during an activity day that the Pickens County Library is hosting at 3 p.m. on April 19. Please join us on Earth Day weekend by shopping at your local stores and enjoying artwork created by local students in Pickens County.