The Calhoun County Extension Office hosts Earth Day activities for the fourth graders of Calhoun County. The activities were held at Cane Creek Community Gardens with more than 900 fourth graders from public and private schools throughout the county. The students experienced hands-on activities centered on Earth Day that included an environmentally friendly robot, kayaks, gators and snakes. White Plains Elementary School Fourth Grade Science teacher Ariel Jackson says all of Earth Day’s campaigns, whether protecting forests or greening cities help create a greener, more sustainable future and helps students make their mark in the urgent fight against climate change. Participants say the event had a major impact on how they will treat the Earth. Whether it’s keeping the environment clean of just doing a better job at recycling… They promise to do their part to respect the planet. The first Earth Day was on April 22, 1970 and involved 20 million Americans from all walks of life. It is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.