April 18, 2005

Students Celebrate Earth Week

NEWMARKET - York Region will host over 100 students for a special morning of activities celebrating Earth Week. 
When:  Wednesday, April 20
  9:00 to 11:30 am
Where: York Region Administrative Centre - Great Hall
  17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket
Who:  Grade 2, 3 and 4 students from Stonehaven Public School and
Poplar Bank Public School
Earth Week Student Activity Day Schedule
9:00 am                       Arrival of students
9:15-9:45 am Council Chamber:
- Welcome by Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch
- Presentation by Clean Air Champion Richard Van Huizan 
9:50 - 11:30 am Students will be divided into groups and will rotate through the following Earth Week activities:
Station 1. Recycling Station. Students participate in an interactive game where they race to separate recycling items
Station 2. The Wheels on the Bus. Students tour a York Region Transit bus and learn about actions to improve air quality such as anti-idling, taking public transit and reducing emissions of pollutants through active participation.
Station 3. Nature's Classroom. Learn about the history of York Region forests including species of trees and animals.
 Station 4. Sports Clinic with the Clean Air Champion
11:30 am   Departure. All students will be given a seedling to plant and a loot bag. 

Earth Week organizers are delighted to welcome Clean Air Champion and Beach Volleyball champion Richard Van Huizan to speak to the students about the importance of environmental health. Clean Air Champions is a national non-profit program that works with over 100 National team, Olympic and Paralympic athletes from across Canada. Each of these Champions brings with them a passion for physical health and well-being, and the health of our environment. Richard Van Huizan is currently a Team Canada player and Beijing 2008 Olympic hopeful.
In additional, on display in the Great Hall will be Earth Week exhibits about the many environmental programs, studies and initiatives that the Region is currently undertaking to create a healthier environment
York Region Earth Week activities have been organized by various York Region departments and community partners: York Region Health Services, Community Services and Housing, Corporate Services (Facilities Services), Transportation and Works (Solid Waste Management Branch and Natural Heritage and Forestry Services), Water for Tomorrow, York Region Transit, Planning and Economic Development Services and Windfall Ecology Centre.
For information on York Region Earth Week activities or other health-related questions, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit www.york.ca
National Earth Day is April 22nd. For details on national Earth Day activities, visit www.earthday.ca



Kim Clark, York Region Health Services

905-830-4444 Ext. 4101


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