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Help Keep the Planet Healthy

They say that with age comes wisdom. But, age 40 is apparently now the new 30, so this year's 40th anniversary of Earth Day should be both smarter and more vibrant than ever.

Earth Day - a celebration of environmental awareness on April 22 - and the entire month of April is a great time to celebrate nature. Teach your child about the environment and educate children about ways to reduce our ecological impact on the planet.

Did you know that Knowledge Beginnings is helping the environment by replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps to save valuable energy? This is something you can do at home, too!

Please join us in helping to protect the planet. Here are some fun ways you can get the whole family involved:

  • Involve your children with recycling at home by letting them take charge of sorting the materials.
  • Buy recycled products when shopping - thousands of products with recycled content are available including printer paper, paper towels, laundry detergent bottles and even carpeting.

  • Encourage children to turn off lights when they leave a room and to turn the faucet off when brushing their teeth.
  • Designate an evening to turn off the lights and have a family game night by candlelight.
  • During warm weather, ask your child to help hang clothes on a clothesline - they can even decorate the clothespins!

  • Teach your child about social responsibility and reusing items for positive purposes - donate tired towels and blankets to a local animal shelter for bedding, or donate used art supplies to a local school.
  • Collect food scraps and yard waste to create compost. Children can add to the compost pile, stir to help it break down and then spread it on a garden and watch it grow.
  • Reuse materials to make recycled crafts. Turn empty cereal boxes into magazine holders or decorate tin cans and use them to plant seeds.

How have you reduced, reused or recycled in your own home? Share the ideas you've done with your family by joining the Earth Day discussion on our Facebook page.

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