Thank you to everyone who came to the Earth Day Fair and Maker’s Market this year! We had 25 nonprofits, 25 fantastic vendors, and more than 300 visitors who learned different ways to care for the Earth and their community.

The Northern Center penny drive brought in $75.32, which will be “recycled” at the bank and split between the Northern Center’s environmental programs and Barnette Magnet School’s student-led group, Sources of Strength.

This group is losing their funding from the school district next year, along with many other programs struggling to cope with relentless State funding cuts. Sources of Strength is an anti-suicide program that fosters belonging, hope, and connection throughout their school and the Fairbanks community. Recently, middle school peer leaders in the program took two kindergarten classes out for an Earth Day scavenger hunt and created positive chalk art at the entrance of the school.

The Earth Day Fair was co-organized by Green Star, University of Alaska Fairbanks Office of Sustainability, Fairbanks North Star Borough Solid Waste Division, and Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition.

Let’s continue to celebrate and respect the Earth every day.

– Christin Swearingen, Manager of Donor Joy