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McPherson College to Hold Earth Day Celebration

McPherson College will celebrate Earth day on its campus with activities for all ages and a give-away of rain barrels.

The activities will run from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 24 in front of Melhorn Science Hall. In case of poor weather, the events will be inside Melhorn Hall.

Planned activities will teach about why it is important to protect the planet, and share several ways to do so.

Student groups from the Natural Sciences department at McPherson College, such as Tri-Beta, will be showing off their hydroponic garden and teaching people how to build one of their own.

The Pre-Health Professions Club will share information on the usefulness of plants in the home as it relates to air quality and medical applications. All children who attend will be able to take an aloe vera plant home. There will also be several games for kids designed to educate them on concepts of conservation.

Finally, as part of a service-learning project, Dr. Dustin Wilgers, assistant professor of biology, and his Environmental Science class will be giving a limited number of rain barrels.

Rain barrels are an excellent way to conserve water resources by collecting rain from gutters to be used to water gardens and landscaping. Donations to help cover the cost of these rain barrels – which cost $15 each to build – are appreciated to help keep this program going in coming years. However, no donations are needed or expected.

There will be 12 rain barrels available to the community, handed out on a first-come, first-served basis.