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PR # 216 April 28, 2009


Approximately 60 third-grade students from Clinton Public School in Clinton Borough celebrated Earth Day on April 22 by participating in various activities at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch.

Highlights of the day?which featured activities planned by students in RVCC?s Environmental Club and Early Childhood education programs?included learning about organic gardening, making newspaper pots and planting organic vegetables, creating signs for the College organic garden, publishing a letter to Mother Earth, learning about their carbon footprint, and working with a parachute and Earth ball. The students painted their own Earth Day symbols on an organic cotton lunch bag, which they took home with them along with an organic sunflower seedling.

The children also visited the RVCC Planetarium and watched a show titled The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket . The show, which features the Planetarium?s new High Definition digital projection system, depicts the story of two children who use their imagination to explore our solar system. While at the Planetarium, the Clinton students also created beaded bracelets that are sensitive to Ultraviolet (UV) light. The students learned that although the Sun warms the Earth and helps things grow, it also has harmful UV energy that can burn the skin. Exposing the beads to the Sun makes them change from a pearly white to a variety of colors; the more UV light the beads receive, the darker they color.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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