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April 12, 2014

Local teen goes for gold by going green

Girl Scout organizes environmental awareness festival

GALVESTON — When Girl Scout Senior Allie Lumpkin set out to come up with a unique solution to an ongoing societal problem for her Gold Award project, she decided to organize an afternoon-long festival that’s involved months of planning and participation from people and groups from all over the region.

The 15-year-old Galveston resident, driven by her passion for the environment, desire to see positive change and drive to excel in Girl Scouts, is bringing the Green Earth Festival to Galveston Park today.

“The festival itself is really a community event to help people understand about how their everyday decisions affect the environment,” Allie said.

It is Allie’s goal for that understanding to be manifested through several activities throughout the day. Interactive educational booths created by organizations in the community and region will be on display for visitors. A fellow Girl Scout troop will be presenting information on an ongoing project of theirs that entails collecting water bottle lids and sending them off to a company that uses the plastic to make benches. Allie said the troop already has two benches, one of which was placed in Galveston Park, and they are currently saving lids for a third.

The Howard County Soil & Water Conservation District will be among the booths as well, hosting an interactive activity about groundwater pollution.

Through the assistance of the Cass County Solid Waste Management District, several recycling collections will be available for attendees, including those for paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, steel, aluminum, medications and small and large electronics.

But not all recyclables will be discarded. Some will be saved for recycling-themed craft activities.

Works from a youth art contest will be on display. More information about entering the contest is available at the Green Earth Festival Facebook page.

Special guest Captain Recycle will be there spreading his knowledge and the first 200 attendees will receive a river birch tree donated by the Indiana State Nursery.

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