Earth Day Thank Yous

St. John Tradewinds,

Thank you to the students and teachers who attended Friends of Virgin Islands National Park’s 1st Annual Earth Day Environmental Fair.

More than 400 students from Guy Benjamin School, St. John School on Gifft Hill, Methodist Pre-School, St. John Christian Academy and Julius E. Sprauve School attended the fair. Students learned essential ecological lessons and useful tips from experts in the fields of agriculture, recycling, and environmental education, while visiting various booths with interactive and captivating demonstrations.

There were a number of volunteers that made this event happen, and we thank them for their time and effort. We also want to thank the representatives from Alfredo’s Landscaping, Animal Care Center, Cooperative Extension of UVI, Department of Agriculture, IGBA, Maho Bay Camps, National Park Service, St. John Recycling Forum, VIERS, Virgin Forests Restoration, and V.I. Waste Management Authority that were on hand to teach our youth about the importance of taking care of our fragile island environment.

A special thank you also to V.I. Audubon Society, Cool Signs, Pan Dragons, Peter Alter, St. John Ice Company, TLC Pet Supply, Transportation Services, Varlack Ventures, V.I. Fire Department, and the cookie and juice box donors: Baked in the Sun, Cost-U-Less, Deli Grotto, Dolphin Market, and Pine Peace Market.

Friends continued its celebration of Earth Day, sponsoring beach and trail cleanups throughout the weekend. Participants of the Friends’ Adopt-A-Beach/Trail program removed debris from their adopted beach/trail as part of an island-wide cleanup.

Kudos to Fraser Drummond and company, Maho Bay Camps, St. John Brewers, St. John Land Sharks and St. John Phone Book, V.I. Audubon Society, and William Neill and Carla Cox for cleaning their adopted sites on Earth Day!

Mark your calendars! Friends will host the 2nd Annual Friends’ Earth Day Environmental Fair on Friday, April 20, 2007.

Friends of the VINP