Earth Day Celebration in Manchester, New Hampshire
I recently spoke with Ralph Protano, a member of the Student Conservation Association, more commonly known as SCA. Ralph is a part of the SCA’s NH Conservation Corps (NHCC), a group of 30 people who live together for 10 months at Bear Brook State Park.
To Protano, every day is Earth Day—a day to can look around and see the beauty of our planet and the fascination of nature.
“It’s a Day for awareness,” Protano said.
In honor of Earth Day, SCA held its 5th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Veteran’s Park in Manchester, New Hampshire, this past weekend.
“This is an annual event and we’ve been trying to expand it each year,” Protano said. “We’ve put a lot of time into the event this year, working on making the booths more exciting, more engaging, and entertaining,”
The topics ranged from recycling IQ tests to making your own Earth Day buttons, homemade foods and goodies. Other booths offered information on how to build rooftop green gardens. Each booth was unique and taught you something about our planet. I even saw a hybrid car and an exquisite Vintage Euro-Style inspired ‘BMW’ isetta car. Long name for a car!
The event featured an open mic, where people from all over the city sang, danced, recited poems, and showed off their talent.
Another entertaining act included a hip-hop group called “The Apostles.” There was also a raffle, which gave away some really awesome prizes. The proceeds went into funding the event.
The SCA 5th Annual Earth Day Celebration was a great experience and a total success. It was an opportunity for the people in my community to not only celebrate Earth Day, but to learn more about our amazing planet and ways to Go Green!
Photo: Kid Reporter Elizabeth Conway tries out a hybrid car at the SCA Earth Day celebration in Manchester, New Hampshire, April 2009. (Photo courtesy Elizabeth Conway)