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5 Earth Day Activities

A p ri l FU N FACTS

Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. Here are five simple ways to make this Earth Day a family affair.

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1. Start a Compost Bin: Composting makes use of kitchen and garden scraps to create black gold, nutrients for the plants in your garden. 2. Check Your Footprint: The Earth Day Network site has a Footprint Calculator that will show you how your lifestyle affects the environment.

the Spanish explorer and soldier Juan Ponce de Leon came ashore on the northeast coast of Florida sometime between April 2 and April 8, 1513. He called the area la Florida, in honor of Pascua florida (“feast of the flowers”), a popular celebration held in Spain around Easter. While Ponce de Leon never did find the “Fountain of Youth” here in Florida, he is credited with the European discovery of Florida and the Atlantic Gulf Stream.

3. Get Back in the Kitchen: By hitting the drive-through less often, you can reduce the amount of packaging material you contribute to landfills. 4. Plant a Seed: Planting a garden is one of the best ways to share the Earth with your children. 5. Volunteer: When you lend a hand on Earth Day, you help your neighbors and teach your children that becoming involved is worth one of your most precious gifts—your time.

Easter is considered one of the oldest and most joyous days on the Christian calendar. Also known as Resurrection Sunday or Pascha, the festival of redemption, Easter is the day Christians celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. Easter Sunday is also typically the most wellattended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches.

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Tuesday, 4/17 1861 was the first year the U.S. income tax was levied upon the American people. President Abraham Lincoln signed into law this revenue raising method to help the federal government pay for the expenses of the Civil War. Tax Day this year is April 17, the last day on which tax returns can be mailed to avoid penalties. So mark your calendars and make sure to mail your return out on time to avoid some tax battles of your own.

33,228 hours is the amount of time the average American spent last year in front of a screen consuming media. Screen-Free Week is April 30 to May 6. This April try putting down your tablet or PC and heading outdoors. You can do some gardening, go for a walk, fly a kite, read a good book or even write a few letters.

Westside Christian School K – 12 Christ Centered, Preparing for Purpose What makes Westside Christian School different? We teach to the student – not all students learn the same – so how can they be taught the same? Individual lesson plans, building and preserving their confidence, leading and growing to their full potential is at the heart of Westside. McKay and Step-Up Scholarships accepted.

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Wednesday Youth Group, Praise Band and Yearbook Elementary Art, Computer and Spanish classes

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