Photo: With shovels in hand, Melinda Schoen, Vice President of Administration for Masonicare Health Center, and Donald Roe of the Wallingford Economic Development Commission, plant a rose bush in celebration of Earth Day 2013.
Wallingford, CT, April 23, 2013 ………….Monday, April 22, was Earth Day 2013. The first Earth Day was celebrated in the U.S. in 1970, but this year, more than a billion people in close to 200 countries throughout the world participated by recognizing in their own communities the importance of maintaining a healthy environment for all.
Mr. Donald Roe, State and Federal Program Administrator for the Wallingford Economic Development Commission, visited Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford and spoke about Earth Day to residents and students from the on-campus Masonic Child Development Center. Recreational Therapists Betty Naylor and Noreen Schmidt explained how Masonicare residents and youngsters can do their part in helping to save the earth and outlined some of the steps the administration has put into place to help as well.
To the delight of residents and staff alike, the enthusiastic youngsters performed on the auditorium stage, singing several popular songs about nature and our environment. A rose bush was planted in the Health Center’s courtyard to commemorate and serve as a reminder of the importance of Earth Day.