Cheshire Academy hosted an Earth Day Fair on Thursday in honor of this week’s 49th national Earth Day.

The celebration kicked off with a keynote speech by James Albis, Special Advisor to the Commissioner, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Students participated in workshops, discussions and got a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather and fresh air on Sevigny Field.

Students visited with representatives from Cheshire Land Trust, CT Fund for the Environment, the CT Chapter of the Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy and the Quinnipiac River Water Association to learn about ways they can get involved.

Women in environmental careers spoke to students about their work as green architects, environmental planners and solar advocates. Arborists from F.A. Bartlett Tree Experts instructed students in the ways technology is being used to better preserve trees. There were also environmental art and writing workshops, and a group of students and faculty worked on the school’s community garden.

PHOTO GALLERY: Earth Day Fair

“Today’s event is important because, as a school, part of our mission is to enable students to become good global citizens and I don’t think there is anything more global than our environment and the nature around us,” said Jennifer Dillon, Cheshire Academy’s Sustainability Coordinator and history teacher. “This event was important as students need to do now what other generations didn’t do before, in terms of conversation and preservation. The simple act of being outside can help foster environmental stewardship.”

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