Happy Earth Day! That was the frequent greeting heard on Mon. 4/22/19 at the Earth Day event sponsored by the Environment Club at Wright College in Chicago.
The student organization invited external organizations to have a table of information at their Earth Day event including a local bee keeper, Chicago Botanic Garden, Nuclear Energy Information, American Lung Association, Forest Preserves of Cook County, Shedd Aquarium and more. Since biking is widely recognized as good for the earth, there were two bicycling related organizations, Ride Illinois which promoted it's bike safety quiz (www.bikesafetyquiz.com) and Divvy which promoted it's reduced fee annual membership program for students.
There was a lot of interest in the bike safety quiz as a way to learn how to safely bike, although due to the suburban-like location of Wright College on the far Northwest side of the city, many admitted they were not comfortable biking to school or on city streets in general, only on bike paths. But the quiz also helps them as a motorist know how to safely share the rode with bicyclists. Earth Day celebrants were rewarded with plenty of swag, from candy, bike key chains, shopping bags, seed packets, water bottles, stainless steel straws, and the ultimate Earth Day give away....a slice of cheese cake! Apparently the owner of Eli's Cheese Cake is a big supporter of Earth Day and donated the key lime cakes which were appropriately a nice healthy shade of green, just like we want the Earth to be.
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