Local students of all ages will participate in activities promoting environmental awareness in the days before and after Earth Day 1990, which is Sunday.
Jessica Katich, a fifth-grader in Hillcrest School's Youth In Action group, said she hoped the activities would make people aware that the planet could be greatly endangered if many people don't start changing their lifestyles.
She said the recycling of aluminum, paper, glass and other materials is an important first step because it reduces the amount of trash produced.
"We're going to have to clean up the mess that the generations ahead of us have created," she said.
To help in the celebration of Earth Day, students throughout the Lawrence school district will be making their own environmental statements with the following activities:
Trash will be collected from elementary schools districtwide and taken to Hillcrest School so that students can see how much trash the schools generate in one day. The students then will use the trash in a float for Sunday's Earth Day Parade. Friday
Elementary students throughout the district will plant trees at their schools as part of their Tree Planting Day. The trees are being donated by Earl May Nursery and Garden Center.
Elementary school principals will participate in a bike run, riding a route that will pass all 17 elementary schools in the district. Bill Armstrong, principal at Hillcrest, said the purpose of the run was to demonstrate alternative forms of transportation.
Many elementary students will be cleaning up litter from school grounds, and students who attend schools close to park areas will do some cleanup there. Some students will participate in cleanup activities on Monday.
Children at Kinder-Care Learning Center, 2333 Crestline, will each receive a Russian olive tree in commemoration of Earth Day. Saturday
O'Connell Youth Ranch, Rt. 2, will host a tree-planting ceremony at 1 p.m. Friendship Rebekah Lodge No. 754 is conducting the planting as part of an International fraternal project called the "Living Legacy Program." Sunday
Hillcrest School's Youth In Action students will enter a float in the Earth Day Parade. Monday
Designated as Earth Awareness Day at Lawrence High School and as Earth Day at West Junior High School, the students at the two schools will participate in a number of activities pertaining to the environment.
Students from Sunset Hill School will be planting trees with money they raised through a drive to recycle aluminum cans. The students will plant one tree at the school and the other at the Brandon Woods Retirement Community.
In other activities, South Junior High School seventh-graders will hold a bake sale next Wednesday in the school commons. The sale will start at 3 p.m., and proceeds will be used to purchase trees for planting. South eighth-graders will hold a similar sale on April 27.
Also, Central Junior High School students have been recycling newspaper and aluminum, and the money raised through those efforts will be used to purchase trees for the school's campus.