While Southeast Community College students are between quarters and enjoying a break, SCC’s Lincoln Campus will be bustling with thousands of elementary school children.
The Lincoln Campus is playing host to the 2014 Earth Wellness Festival. The festival will be held March 26 and 27. Between 3,000 and 4,000 elementary school children, primarily fourth-graders, will be participating in a number of learning activities such as water conservation, pollution, air quality, recycling, and other issues that impact both our present and future environment.
Since its beginning in 1994, the festival has hosted more than 45,000 students who have learned how to conserve and protect natural resources in a fun and engaging way. The event is coordinated by several groups, including Lincoln Public Schools, the Lower Platte Natural Resources District, the city of Lincoln, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s County Extension.
This year’s festival is even more of a special event as it marks the 20th anniversary of bringing the important lessons of ecology, recycling, water and soil conservation, and more to the future generations of Lincoln.
Most of this year’s activities will take place in the T and U sections of SCC’s Lincoln Campus, located at 8800 O St. A few rooms in the N, S and V sections also will be used, along with the gymnasium and Student Center.
On March 26 students will begin to arrive on campus at approximately 9:30 a.m., and the day's activities should conclude by 2 p.m. The following day, March 27, students arrive again at 9:30 a.m. and should be finished by approximately 12:30 p.m.
Lincoln Mayor Beutler will present awards to the winners of an environmental poster design contest.
Persons needing additional information about the festival are asked to contact Dave Sonenberg, dean of student services/financial aid, at 402-437-2619.