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Lovett, Westminster Mark Earth Week

Buckhead schools have special 'green' events

Lovett and Westminster are celebrating Earth Day with special events this week.

Earth Day is Friday, and students at the Buckhead private schools are focusing on recycling, conserving resources, saving energy and other environmentally conscious practices. The schools will actually be off Friday for the Good Friday holiday.

The student Green Team at is sponsoring activities such as Walk to School Day on Wednesday. On Thursday, Sam Stier, director of education at the Biomimicry Institute, will speak at the Upper School Assembly as well as at  a solar fair and concert in the Lower School Dell, according to a news release.

At the solar fair, students will enjoy a picnic lunch and look at a variety of solar gadgets, including radios, ice-cream makers, lamps, cookers, scales, calculators, flashlights and fans. Solar panels will also be on display, including one made by senior Edward Brentnall and his father. Students will race solar-powered boats.

A solar concert, with all musical equipment wired to a solar-panel-covered panel, will be another highlight. Middle school students will perform from noon until 12:30 p.m., and an Upper School Band of Ton Luk, Wallace Winborne, Jeremy Trombetta, and Matthew Hunsinger will play from 1-1:45 p.m.

Earlier, Lovett marked “Hug a Tree Day” Monday by finding new ways to save paper. An organic food fair Tuesday featured restaurants and local farmers. The botany class is also having a plant sale.

At , the Campus Conservation Corps is spearheading events. Garden Day is Tuesday, with Garden Club members and the CCC working in the organic garden near the senior parking lot, according to the school Web site.

On Wednesday, the documentary “Flow,” about the world water crisis, will be shown. Wednesday will also be “no disposable water bottle day,” in which students will bring reusable bottles to school and athletic events.

Students on Thursday will be at the West Paces Ferry Publix starting at 3 p.m. The CCC will be bagging groceries using bags decorated by fifth graders. Each bag will include a description of Earth Week and why it’s important.

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