– Students at Commander Fleet
Activities Yokosuka’s (CFAY) The Sullivan’s elementary school
learned about the importance of recycling during an Earth Day
presentation, April 17.
To prepare the students for this year’s
Earth Day, representatives from CFAY’s Qualified Recycling Program (QRP)
gave a presentation to educate students about recycling.
Earth Day is an internationally recognized day of observance, aimed
at educating people about the earth and conservation, and inspiring
initiative to begin new conservation and recycling projects.
“The greatest benefit of these presentations is creating awareness,”
said Roy Ito, recycling branch head for CFAY QRP. “Before we came
here, most of these kids didn’t know there was a recycling program,”
Ito visited five of the school’s 4th grade classes educating them
about the impact that recycling has on the world.
“It is a lot easier to teach children than adults, who are more set
in their ways,” Ito said. “Hopefully the kids will take home what
they learned and teach their parents something.”
Earth Day is a day intended to promote awareness of environmental
issues, including recycling and conservation.
“It is great we could have someone come to teach the students about
recycling, when Earth Day is just around the corner,” said Sabrina
Bishop, a teacher at The Sullivan’s elementary school. “We also have
a field trip to the recycling center planned, so the kids can see
how everything they learned is put to use.”
The first Earth Day was organized on April 22, 1970, by Wisconsin
Senator Gaylord Nelson after witnessing the devastation of a 1969
In 1990, Earth Day became an internationally recognized event, and
is now observed in nearly 200 countries.