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Andy Starowicz, a 6th-grade teacher, warns his students that pollution is a problem that needs to be taken seriously.
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The Earth Day Attitude
By Brianna Suslovic
Scholastic Kids Press Corps

On April 22nd, Andy Starowicz, a 6th-grade teacher at New York's Jamesville-Dewitt Middle School, will be leading almost 30 dedicated students and teachers in a school cleanup in honor of Earth Day. He is extremely excited that so many people at his school care about the Earth.

How did this project begin? In previous years, Starowicz has volunteered at parks and areas in the community on Earth Day. This year, when he received a letter from Onondaga County asking people to volunteer, he decided to do something different. This is the first time he has coordinated a cleanup project like this, and he hopes that it will make more people pay attention to environmental issues.

"Pollution is not on people's minds today—it should be," said Mr. Starowicz.

Earth Day falls on a Saturday this year. Since it's on a weekend, kids and adults will find it easier to take time to help. According to Mr. Starowicz, people have to pitch in—before it's too late.

"If people ignore our environment," Mr. Starowicz warns, "soon they won't have an environment to ignore."

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Long Island's Earth Day Celebrations
By Sol Park
Scholastic Kids Press Corps

When it comes to ways of helping the environment this month, residents of Long Island, New York, can take their pick.

On April 21, Stonybrook University will be the site of "Earthstock," an environmental festival that includes a talk on global warming, musical performances, a nature walk, and an art show. The Great Battery Roundup is a special event sponsored by the American Automobile Association (AAA) of New York. People who want to participate may bring car and/or marine batteries to the AAA headquarters in Garden City on April 22. That same day marks the Heckscher Spring Festival, held at Heckscher State Park in East Islip. This event includes children’s activities and environmental displays.

There's one thing that all of these events have in common. They help communities learn about, protect, and celebrate their environment. There's just one Earth—let's do our part to take care of it.

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