Take a Bite Out of Waste: Earth Day 2019

Each year billions of people gather to celebrate Earth Day. What began as a 1970 environmental protest has evolved into a proactive educational event that’s fun for the whole family. According to earthday.org, it’s currently the “largest civic-focused day of action in the world.”

Celebrate Earth Day 2019 at Centralia College on Monday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Co-sponsored by Lewis County Solid Waste and the Associated Students of Centralia College, this year’s event will take place in the TransAlta Commons Banquet Halls and plaza. The theme is “taking a bite out of waste.” The best part? It’s free and open to the community.

Hands-on activities will include:

  • Learn about upcycling clothing
  • Pick up free wildflower seeds from the Lewis County Beekeeper’s Association
  • Learn how to repair and mend your own clothes
  • Discover how to use food that’s going bad
  • Learn about food preservation and how to cook on a budget
  • Shred your sensitive documents for free with a food pantry donation
  • Get information on local food resources and affordable meal options
  • Upcycle plastic bags to make sleep mats for those in need
  • Purchase tree seedlings and support a good cause
  • Learn about urban gardening
  • Check out Live 95’s live broadcast

ASCC clubs host booths with fun activities or fundraisers. Pick up an Earth Day Passport and get it stamped at each location. When you fill seven spaces, bring it to the WSC lobby to claim a prize donated by Centralia College, the ASCC, LeMay, Lewis County Solid Waste and the American Chemistry Society. If you complete the whole passport, you’ll be entered in a special raffle. Past prizes include Discover Passes, Home Depot gift cards, reusable shopping bags, metal straws and gift certificates to local nurseries. Winners will be drawn at the end of the event.

The Student Activities Team will have t-shirts available for students, faculty and staff to pre-order with a donation to the food pantry. Visit the Student Life and Involvement Office for more information. There will also be a limited supply of shirts available on Monday for the community.

“It’s a really fun event for families, our community and campus to learn about the resources we have to be sustainable and more eco-friendly,” said Staci Sume, Centralia College Events and Social Media Coordinator. “There are so many things we have here in Lewis County that people don’t know about. We’ll have it all here in one place for the day. Come learn about these great opportunities.”

Take a Bite Out of Waste

The festivities will conclude with an evening presentation by Jay Ryan of HubCity Grub. Learn how to prevent food waste when deciding what to cook for your family. You’ll discover new skills and healthy recipes that are cost effective and easy. This free event takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the TransAlta Commons, and is open to the public.

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