Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester and Chuckie Goodnight Foundation For The Environment Help Children ‘Go Green’ for Earth Day

Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester and Chuckie Goodnight Foundation For The Environment Help Children ‘Go Green’ for Earth Day

Earth Day workshops teach children the importance of planting, recycling

Brewster, N. Y. (PRWEB) April 29, 2010

In honor of Earth Day, the Chuckie Goodnight Foundation For The Environment teamed-up with the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester in Mount Kisco to provide hands-on ‘green’ workshops for the Club’s 3-12-year-olds.

During the morning, 3-5-year-olds from the Club’s preschool classes worked with Cherie Ingraham, founder, the Chuckie Goodnight Foundation For The Environment, to create container gardens from recycled materials. Students used images from recycled newspapers and magazines, soy crayons and eco-friendly markers to decorate their creations in which they later planted organic flower seeds. Throughout the morning, Ingraham spoke with students about why we celebrate Earth Day, the importance of being kind and gentle to Mother Earth and how they can start to ‘go green’ at home.

“It is important for children to learn to appreciate and take good care of Mother Earth at a young age,” said Cherie Ingraham, founder, the Chuckie Goodnight Foundation For The Environment. “Whether it’s recycling their coloring books or turning off the water while they brush their teeth, their small steps can help to make a positive impact on the environment. By working with the children on Earth Day, I hope to inspire a lifetime of good, ‘green,’ habits and teach them the importance of celebrating our planet.”

Following her work with the preschoolers, Ingraham spent the afternoon working with the Club’s 5-12-year-olds (grades K-6). The activity kicked-off with the children sharing the ways that they are kind, gentle and respectful to Mother Earth each day. Ingraham then showed students how to create photo frames from recycled materials, including items found in nature, such as twigs and rocks, as well as common household items, such as yarn, old newspapers and magazines.

“We are grateful to Cherie Ingraham and the Chuckie Goodnight Foundation For The Environment for taking the time to work with our children and supporting our 2010 Humanitarian Award Dinner theme, “Sustain,” which celebrates our Club’s goal to preserve, protect, and nurture the youngest generation with healthy nutrition, ‘green’ living, and renewable energy initiatives,” said Brian Skanes, executive director, Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester. “The workshops helped the children to understand the importance of ‘green’ living and we hope that they will carry these environmentally-friendly lessons with them for years to come.”

To help the children go ‘green’ and celebrate Mother Earth throughout the year, the Chuckie Goodnight Foundation For The Environment gave each child an Earth Journal, to document their good, ‘green’ work and a copy of is 2010 Earth Calendar, which recognizes several environmental holidays, is printed on recycled paper with soy ink and features environmentally-friendly artwork from children across the U. S. collected through its annual Earth Day Everyday contest.

Teachers were also given copies of the 2010 Earth Calendar as well as the Foundation’s 12” x 18” posters, which feature Chuckie Goodnight and his crew of loyal plant and animal friends working to preserve and protect the environment, for their classrooms. Each poster features eco-friendly messaging and highlights the simple things children can do to take good care of Mother Earth. Designs include: Choose Organic; Save Water; Think & Choose; and, The 4R’s.

The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester is located at 351 Main Street, Mt. Kisco, NY and can be reached at (914) 666-8069 or by visiting www. bgcnw. com.

The Chuckie Goodnight Foundation For The Environment can be reached at 12 Main Street, PMB 182, Brewster, NY or by visiting its website www. ChuckieGoodnightFoundation. org and/or Facebook fan page.

About the Chuckie Goodnight Foundation For The Environment
The Chuckie Goodnight Foundation For The Environment, a not-for-profit 501-C3 corporation founded in 2001, is committed to educating children on Earth stewardship and social ethics. It is dedicated to the acquisition, restoration and preservation of green spaces in order to create environmental learning centers for children and botanical sanctuaries. The foundation also supports other environmentally-minded organizations and individuals. Each year, the Chuckie Goodnight Foundation awards scholarships to students pursuing environmental studies and supports other land trust and environmental organizations on the local, county, state and national levels. For more information, visit www. chuckiegoodnightfoundation. org or find us on Facebook (http://www. facebook. com/pages/Brewster-NY/Chuckie-Goodnight-Foundation-For-The-Environment/59969342434 (http://www. facebook. com/pages/Brewster-NY/Chuckie-Goodnight-Foundation-For-The-Environment/59969342434)).

About the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester
The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester was established in 1939 as a place for “boys to get off the streets.” It is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and enabling young people, especially those who need it most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. The main unit in Mt. Kisco, NY is a 36,000-square-foot facility featuring an eight-lane pool, Child Care Center, gymnasium, games room, two computer labs and an additional 1,600-foot Teen Center facility. The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester serves 2,000 youths, boys and girls ages 6 months to 18 years, from more than 60 Northern Westchester communities. The Club has been ranked among the outstanding Clubs in the national network of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

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