Gannon University Students Host Earth Day Celebration

Posted: April 22, 2017

Gannon University will be celebrating Earth Day with a festival that will take place from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Bayview Park, located along the Bayfront Promenade between Cherry and Walnut streets.

Kelli Kallenborn, a junior advertising communication major and student team leader for the event, said that the event developed as a part of her Business and Professional Communications course.

Students from that course, along with global students from English Language and Global Training, were assigned a community partner-the new Our West Bayfront organization. The students had the idea to hold a celebration at Bayview, one of the parks that Our West Bayfront is trying to enhance for the children and families in the neighborhood. The event is aimed at families and residents of the neighborhood served by Our West Bayfront as a way for Gannon students to meet and get to know their neighbors.

The Earth Day Festival will feature entertaining activities, such as face painting, plant potting, kite decorating and international games, but the event will also fulfill an educational mission.

Green businesses from the area, such as Habitat for Humanity and the Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle, will be represented at the event to talk about the environment and their businesses.

Gannon students will volunteer their time setting up, tearing down and making sure the event runs smoothly while assisting with the games and activities.

"Events like this are important because they allow students to get involved with the Erie community outside of Gannon's campus," Kallenborn said. "They also give families and friends in the community a chance to come together, have fun and enjoy Erie while celebrating a prevalent cause."

Kallenborn also said that she hopes those who attend enjoy the experience of the community gathering in a fun way. "I hope they take away how lucky we are to have all of the resources the Earth provides for us and that Erie is, in many ways, a green city," she said.

The Earth Day Festival is free and open to the public. 

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