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