On Monday, June 11, 2018, the annual school presentation to the Hawthorne Environmental Commission concerning student participation in environmental education activities was held in the Hawthorne High School auditorium at 7:30 PM. This event provided teachers with an opportunity to showcase any activities they have done with their students relating to preservation of the environment. In addition, local Hawthorne businesses and residents received special recognition for their environmental leadership and commitment to protecting and preserving our community. A PowerPoint presentation was presented by the Environmental Commission celebrating the 26th Annual Cel-Earth-Bration and Community Shredding Day that was held on Saturday April 21, 2018.

Students representing the three elementary schools discussed environmental programs and projects that raised money to protect endangered animals and other environmental worth causes. Many topics were discussed, including the Skate Park Project, Carnival Game, the Food Truck Project, and experiences at the 26th Annual Cel-Earth-Bration. Also discussed were experiences in starting a Recycling Club, the 3rd grade Meadowlands Environmental Center field trip experience, and learnings from the Dancin’ with the Honeybees assembly program. Furthermore, students presented on the importance on Saving the Honeybees, the Roosevelt School Beautification Brigade – hydroponics tower garden, courtyard clean-up and created a “Welcome the Bear Cave Café” sign out of wood.

Finally, students informed the Commission of their favorite science activities in 4th grade: Milo the Rover, lima bean, The Magic School Bus, Lego kits, reading the biographies about scientists, and Cel-Earth-Bration.

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Donna Dorsey, owner of Goffle Brook Farms, was recognized for providing her technical expertise to the Commission and Green Team on native plants for the Library’s rain garden, as well as proving gardening tips for the community garden gardeners and donating vegetable seeds to Cel-Earth-Bration and the Green Fair. Donna also will be conducting a 2018 Green Lecture on “What’s new on Native Plants” on Tuesday June 26, 2018, at the Hawthorne Library at 7:30 pm. Donna announced that Goffle Brook Farms will accept plastic potting containers for recycling. Goffle Brook Farms can be found on their website https://gofflebrookfarms.com/

Dominic Rizzo, of Rizzo’s Wildlife World, was recognized for his educational programs on snakes, lizards, insects, turtles, frogs, and mammals at Cel Earth Bration and Hawthorne Day. Since 2010, Dominic has been working with the Commission. Rizzo’s Wildlife world can be found on their website: http://www.rizzoswildlifeworld.com/dominic-rizzo/

Alex Vetlov, Green Team Member, was recognized for donating recycled wood stakes for the native plant signs and demonstrating the importance of stormwater management at the 26th Annual Cel-Earth-Bration.

The 2018 Green Business of Hawthorne was awarded to B. Witching Bath Co., Barbara Bruce-Ross. B. Witching has been at the forefront of bringing the ancient tradition of natural ingredients and essential oils to modern users, introducing millions to a total mind and body wellness they may never have dreamed possible. All products are proudly made in the USA, and they uphold the strong  standards our customers have come to expect. B. Witching Bath Co. can be found on their website: https://www.bwitchingbathco.com/

We are pleased to announce the “Hawthorne Resident Savings Card” which provides 30% off any purchase of $20 or more at the Hawthorne store located at 174 Lincoln Avenue. The resident must show proof of Hawthorne residence and the savings card” said Barbara Bruce-Ross, owner of B. Witching Bath Co.

The Hawthorne Environmental Commission reminds you that creating environmental awareness is crucial to the future of our planet. Please do your part to support our great community today!