An ‘Earth Day Carol’ tells a cautionary tale

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Submitted/William Morse tells the audience about the first Earth Day as the children prepare to tell about ways to protect the earth. Pictured in back from left are Rhylee Cornell, Daniel Bernal, Abigail Alkins, Neo Xu, Mashrika Islam, Nicholas Tran and Melody Parks. Submitted/William Morse tells the audience about the first Earth Day as the children prepare to tell about ways to protect the earth. Pictured in back from left are Rhylee Cornell, Daniel Bernal, Abigail Alkins, Neo Xu, Mashrika Islam, Nicholas Tran and Melody Parks.

On Friday April 19, Melissa Newhall’s first-grade class presented a play that not only entertained the Swift Elementary School children and parents, but placed a spotlight on the significance of Earth Day on the calendar.

 "An Earth Day Carol" was a proud student production intended to create environmental awareness and natural resource conservation. 

 In the play, the youthful Ebenezer Litterbug learns to nurture and respect the earth by reducing, reusing and recycling. Her  transformation from a child with no regard for her surroundings, to a conscientious one enlightened and inspired those in attendance.

 Although it required the demonstrative forces of her ghostly dreams for Ebenezer to come to her epiphany, the children were able to see that people can always change their habits for the better.

 Reusable shopping bags, refreshments and information from the Atlantic County Utilities Authority recycling center were provided for parents following the play.

  “An Earth Day Carol” was sponsored by the Egg Harbor Township Education Association.

Submitted/Ebenezer Litterbug, played by Mariah Nell, gets a lesson on how to take care of the earth from the Ghost of Earth Day Past, played by Kloe Kurban, while a group of Native American children of long ago wait to give examples of ways to keep the earth clean and green.  Pictured from left in back are Taina Cupeles, Matthew Lin, Angela Chen, Isaias Ceron-Castillo and Kendall Murphy. Submitted/Ebenezer Litterbug, played by Mariah Nell, gets a lesson on how to take care of the earth from the Ghost of Earth Day Past, played by Kloe Kurban, while a group of Native American children of long ago wait to give examples of ways to keep the earth clean and green. Pictured from left in back are Taina Cupeles, Matthew Lin, Angela Chen, Isaias Ceron-Castillo and Kendall Murphy.   

Submitted/Liberty Koch narrates the beginning of Act 3 while Ebenezer Litterbug, played by Mariah Nell, tosses and turns in bed awaiting the next ghost. Submitted/Liberty Koch narrates the beginning of Act 3 while Ebenezer Litterbug, played by Mariah Nell, tosses and turns in bed awaiting the next ghost.


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