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Fort Drum residents celebrate chilly Earth Day


It was a chilly North Country day April 26, but that did not stop residents of Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes from coming out to celebrate the eighth annual Earth Day event held at Monument Ridge Community Center.
This year, staff members hosted a variety of activities for children aimed at educating them on different aspects of conservation, with a focus on the home. During the event, children participated in games focused on teaching the fundamentals of recycling.
Fun activities for Families included planting a sunflower, building an eco-friendly bird feed-er and picking up a gently used book in a book giveaway. In addition, there was an animal display that featured tortoises, a parrot and assorted caged reptiles. Residents also could learn about the value of gardening and the positive effects on the environment.
“The Earth Day event is an awesome way to get parents and children to all focus on doing small things that lead to a healthier planet,” said Charity Tripp, resident services manager. “Children and adults were able to learn about recycling, how to conserve energy and how it all relates to our daily lifestyle.”
Residents also had an opportunity to sign up for Synergy Rewards, the Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes’ program that encourages residents to reduce energy consumption and rewards them for their efforts. Families recognized throughout the year as “Super Savers” – residents who demonstrated outstanding energy conservation habits – were entered into a drawing.
The Langkamp Family from the Rhicard Hills community was the lucky winner of a washer and dryer set. Lt. Col. Keirya Lang-kamp had just returned home from deployment in Afghanistan a week before the Earth Day event and was out with her Family when their name was called.
Any residents who are interested in participating in the Synergy Rewards program can learn more by visiting synergyrewards.fortdrum-mch.com or stopping by their local community center.

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