June 12, 2016
By Brianna Leverty
The Severna Park Earth Day Festival Committee headed by Chris Myers welcomed the addition of two high school students to help with the 14th annual festival. Those students, Lauren Crino and Brianna Leverty, worked on and managed the event for their senior Leadership III project for a class at Severna Park High School. They were assisted by four SPHS juniors currently enrolled in the Leadership II class. Lauren and Brianna hope that one of their junior volunteers will take over the project for next year.
This year’s festival was held on April 16 at Severna Park Middle School. The theme was “Taking the First Steps …” toward a greener community. Children attending the festival were able to explore the different booths and complete various activities in order to learn about the environment while adults purchased green products and connected with local advocates for a healthy planet.
Many participants signed up to host a table at this year’s event, including MAS Rescue, Solar Saves, Ellie’s Bus, Leveling the Playing Field, Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary, DoodyCalls, Veteran Composting and Anne Arundel County Recycling. All public Severna Park schools were required to host a booth as well.
The food vendors were Cafe Mezzanote and Park Deli, with an appearance by Go Melvo’s snowballs, bringing the total booth count to almost 50. Live music was added to the event as well, with two sets played by the Magothy River Middle School band Fast as Lightning.