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Centenary College's Earth Day Celebration Scheduled for April 26, 2014

04/08/2014, 10:50 AM

Hackettstown, N.J., –   This year, Centenary College’s Earth Week Committee welcomes members of the community to the celebration of Earth Day, which will be held on April 26, 2014, at the College.  This is the seventh anniversary of Centenary’s celebration of Earth Day.  This family-oriented event will appeal to children of all ages!

Admission to this event is free, and it will kick off at 8 a.m. with “Breakfast with the Birds.”  Nancy Madacsi, retired Director of Centenary’s Taylor Memorial Library, will lead a nature walk/bird watching stroll at the Charles O. Hayford State Fish Hatchery, located next to campus.  Dunkin Donuts in Hackettstown will be donating donuts and coffee for the participants.

The Earth Day Celebration main events will then commence at 10 a.m. on the front lawn of the campus, ending at 3 p.m. 

“This is the seventh year that Centenary has been celebrating Earth Day in this manner, and we hope to continue to generate a lot of interest in the community,” says Dr. Lauren Bergey, Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Environmental Programs at Centenary College.  “We are still offering many activities for this celebration that have become known as event highlights, but we have also added new opportunities for participants to enjoy.  The Earth Day Celebration will certainly be an event you will not want to miss!”

The Earth Day Passport Program will once again be incorporated into the festivities.  Attendees can check into the Information Booth and receive a Passport Booklet for the Earth Day event.  By completing activities and visiting vendors, attendees will collect stamps and stickers on their passport, which can then be redeemed at the Information Booth for a free goodie bag, while supplies last. 

Other highlights of this fun-filled day include various children’s activities, such as an educational ocean, making recycled crayons and a crab habitat display outside of the Edward W. Seay Administration Building.  In addition, there will be a fashion display of recycled-material clothing by Centenary College’s Fashion Department in the Front Parlours of the Edward W. Seay Administration Building, as well as a fashion show on the front walkway around the fountain at 12 p.m.

Live music and entertainment will take place throughout the day.  Local bands that will be performing will be Kathy Moser from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.; Tom Sterno from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; and Charlie O. and the Atlanta Café Band from 2 to 3 p.m.  There will also be various vendors and environmentally themed groups at the event to help promote sustainability and environmental responsibility, and food will be available for purchase.

Centenary will also be working with students from Hackettstown High School to clean up various streets and parks throughout Hackettstown on April 22, 2014. 

Vendors, interested sponsors and individuals who would like to sign up for “Breakfast with the Birds” should contact Dr. Lynn Taylor at (908) 852-1400, ext. 2216, or taylorl@centenarycollege.edu.  For more information and to download the vendor or sponsor forms, please visit the website at www.centenarycollege.edu/earthday.

The Hackettstown Rotary Club will also accept computer recycle donations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 26 at the PNC Bank on Route 57 in Mansfield.  The cost to recycle each item is as follows: monitors - $10; keyboards - $5; and CPUs - $5.  The Hackettstown Rotary Club will also be hosting a paper shredding service for $5 per box during the 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. time frame at PNC Bank. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Alicia Bailey at (908) 850-4367.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.