THS students to mark Earth Day at Ballard Park

TUPELO – High school students will demonstrate eco-friendly living tips to their younger peers at a small Earth Day celebration Friday at Ballard Park.
Tupelo High School Ecology Club members organized the event along with the Tupelo Parks and Recreation Department. It happens from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. behind the Parks and Rec building on park’s east side.
Club members will man a series of eco-friendly booths with lessons on how to care for Mother Earth. In addition to anyone who passes by, the students will lecture to more than 100 elementary school students from Joyner and Parkway.
“They’re going to educate us on how to be kind to the environment so our planet stays healthy for a long time,” said Shanta Eiland, a Parks and Rec employee who helped organize the event.
At 11 a.m., the students will break from the booths to attend a tree-planting at the park. The tree is being donated by the city Public Works Department.
If the event proves successful, Eiland said she hopes to expand it with more booths and other activities next year.
Earth Day, which started in 1970, is recognized around the world. It’s typically celebrated on April 22.
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