Daytona Beach Earth Day Festival 2012
42 years ago the first Earth Day was held nationwide involving over 20 million Americans to celebrate the Earth and promote awareness of the work needed to protect the environment through teach-ins and rallies. Today, Earth Day is celebrated worldwide and many causes are championed such as renewable energy, clean water, healthy food, and stronger communities. This April 22nd the Chiles Academy will be hosting the first annual Daytona Beach Earth Day Festival from noon to 8 PM at the site of the old Bonner elementary school on George E. Engram Blvd, Daytona Beach.
The mission of The Chiles Academy is to combine a community of support and guidance for pregnant and parenting students with the goal of attaining a high school diploma, which will empower them to become independent and responsible citizens. They serve 150 pregnant/parenting teens and children in Volusia County. Through the Bonner Center the Chiles Academy is a “full service community school” that hosts programs such as Early Head Start, Volusia County’s Bridge the Gap Program, and many others.
In January 2011 that Chiles Academy broke ground on the Bonner Center Community Garden with help from community member Joel Tippens. It has since grown in size and goals; the garden now provides fresh produce to the school and acts as an educational resource for teaching organic gardening. It also provides free gardening plots to the community along with expert advice, supplies, and a friendly community. This year’s Earth Day Festival will be in support of this garden project.
The Earth Day Festival will be featuring local farmers, merchants, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations to showcase the vibrant Daytona Beach community. There will be live music, events for all ages, workshops, and many other events throughout the day. Come on by April 22nd to celebrate Earth Day with us!