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Press Release: DeSales University Presents To Host Environment Day For Children
Date: 4/18/2002

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DeSales University Presents To Host Environment Day For Children

Center Valley, Pa., -(April 18, 2002) - The DeSales University Natural Science Club, voted "Most Active Club on Campus" by DeSales student activities group, will host more than 250 local school children in 2nd and 3rd grades during the University's first Environment Day, on Tuesday, April 23 from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Billera Hall Sports Complex on the Center Valley Campus.

"The goal of the program is to expose children to Earth Day, to environmental issues, problems and solutions and to science," said Dr. Francis Mayville, assistant professor of chemistry. "Studies show that children do better in the sciences if they are exposed to them in creative, fun ways at an early age."

The youngsters will visit 10 different science and environment stations during their visit to DeSales. The stations are all hands-on, age-appropriate, interactive areas designed to engage young minds in the sciences. Children will visit an endangered species station where they will learn about the food chain and human habits that contribute to the demise of some animals and a forces of nature station that will teach students about winds, rain, storms, quakes. Other stations include a wildlife station where they will see and touch some unusual animals, forest ecosystems station, ocean ecosystems station, protecting your water station, rainforest station, recycling station, sources of power station and wetlands station.

In addition, there will be an activity station where students will be led through science projects designed by the natural science students including one project of planting seedlings that the children can then bring home, continue to water and watch grow.

DeSales students organizing the event include: sophomore chemistry majors, Jim Cuff of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Jackie Lageman of State College, Pa.; junior chemistry major Danette Astolfi of Forty Fort, Pa.; junior biology majors, Jessica Yost from Catasauqua, Pa., Katie Hanson from River Falls, Wisc., and Natalie Hurley from Bethlehem, Pa.; and senior biology major Monica Miranda from Northampton, Pa.

Schools sending students to the DeSales Environment Day include St. Michael's School, Limport, Pa., Liberty Bell Elementary School, Coopersburg, Pa., and The Swain School of Allentown.

Press Release: DeSales University Presents To Host Environment Day For Children | Posted on: 4/18/2002

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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