TUPPER LAKE - The Tupper Lake Middle/High School Green Team is holding an event Saturday that's part of an International Green Schools Day of Service.
The team intends the community-wide event to raise awareness about "reducing our carbon footprint in our little neck of the woods," which is the Green Team's mission statement.
The day kicks off at 1 p.m. at the L.P. Quinn Elementary School cafeteria with guided tours to the school's root cellar and compost station that the Green Team installed in the last year, since winning a $2,400 grant from Clean Air-Cool Planet. There will also be face painting, art projects and exhibits on display. The Wild Center's Ollie the Otter will greet people.
(Photo courtesy of the Green Team)
At 1:30, the Green Team will present a slide show introducing the public to the group, which has been active trying to find ways for the Tupper Lake Central School District to lessen its carbon footprint.
The other activities will start back up from 2 to 3:15 p.m.; plus, a folk/reggae band sponsored by the Tupper Lake Rotary and Lions clubs will entertain the crowd.
Students involved in planning the event said they're looking forward to it.
"I'm excited for Green Schools Day because I think it is a great way for The Green Team to reach out to the community," said Green Team President Gretchen O'Leary. "It gives us a great opportunity to educate the community members about what we, as a Green Team, have done to address climate change and offer suggestions for people to do things at home and within the community."
Each of the first 350 students to show up accompanied by a parent will get a free hula hoop, donated by Casella Waste Management, which they can dance with while enjoying the band.
The event plays up the number 350 in other ways, too, since it is the number of parts per million of greenhouse gas that is considered the safe upper limit for our atmosphere. The first 350 parents and/or community members to arrive will get a free compact flourescent bulb (donated by Community Bank, Tupper Lake Municipal Electric, Fortune's Hardware and Coakley Ace Hardware in Saranac Lake), and 350 coupons for ice cream cones from Stewart's and McDonald's will be handed out.
Larkin's Junction Deli and Bakery is joining with Tupper Lake Kiwanis to donate 350 carrot muffins, which will be available, in addition to pizza from the various Tupper Lake pizzerias and fresh fruits and vegetables donated by Tri-Lakes grocery stores.
"I am deeply touched by the generosity of the Tri-Lakes businesses who have donated to this event, especially those from Tupper Lake," Green Team adviser Kathy Eldridge said in an email. "I feel that this validates the sustainability efforts the Green Team has accomplished, and it honors those Green Team students who have been so involved for the past three years."
The idea for the event came about when the Green Team had Diane Brandli, green schools committee chair for the U.S. Green Buildings Council, speak at the school during this spring's Earth Week activities. The international organization invited Tupper Lake to join its International Green Schools Day of Service. It is the first such event in which, for one day, green school advocates the world over will come together in support of green schools by taking action in their communities.
"This is just the kind of event that pulls together the great resources we have in the Tupper Lake community," school district Superintendent Seth McGowan said. "The students working side-by-side with actively engaged adults toward a goal that benefits everyone. I am very proud of the work that is being done, not only to forward the vision of the school district but also to help strengthen our relationship with the Adirondacks."
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