El Monte Goes Green with Earth Day Celebration
by Valerie Martinez
April 23, 2014 • 204 views
On Saturday, April 12, the City of El Monte hosted an Earth Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Arceo Park. The event served to highlight various ways community members can help conserve natural resources and better our environment.
“It is so important that our community makes it a priority to reuse, conserve and recycle so that we can help protect our Earth,” said Mayor Andre Quintero. “Earth Day is always a great reminder that we can’t take our environment for granted.”
As part of many efforts to create a greener El Monte, the City offered a variety of earth-friendly activities, including free paper-shredding, electronic waste collection and free containers so that residents can properly dispose of sharps and motor oil. The event also featured fun activities for kids, including opportunities to create crafts from recycled materials, T-shirt decorating and fashion show, a moon bounce and giveaways.
In addition, residents were also able donate to important causes to assist local children and families. The celebration was a way to collect new and used books for re-distribution to school-age youths during the Fiesta of Books event taking place next month, as well as non-perishable foods, canned foods, toiletries and hygiene products for local families in need.
All event activities were offered to the community free of charge.