Helping the next generation to flourish was the theme of Granite City’s official Earth Day event.
The day began at 9 a.m. April 25 at Civic Park in the midst of a Granite City downtown undergoing a rebirth with new stores, restaurants, coffee shop and a cinema.
“Every day should be Earth Day,” Granite City Economic Development Director Jon Ferry said. “We all have a responsibility for the next generation.”
Families, merchants and community members joined the celebration. Cloudy weather did not dampen participants’ enthusiasm to spread a message about taking care of the environment. The morning started with flower planting and tree planting, and later in the day more trees were planted throughout the city. Twenty-five trees were planted with multitudes of flowers and special types of grasses.
Special arts-and-crafts activities were provided for children attending the event. They made repurposed art out of materials that usually are discarded. The art projects turned old egg cartons into flowers; coffee cans were painted for use as planters around the house. The crafts showed children all they needed to do is use imagination and many items can be reused.
Holy Family School kindergarten student Sophia McCulloug said she loved the crafts.
“We used old egg cartons and milk cartons to make pretty things,” she said. “The milk carton was used to make a birdhouse. I am waiting for some birds to move into the house.”
Later in the day, more trees were planted throughout the city.
“This will hopefully become an annual event,” Ferry said.
The group hopes to start a bi-annual event called Paint and Plant the Town in the spring and fall. More information is expected to be announced in the near future.