(April 22, 2018 – Draper, UT) – To celebrate Earth Day, St. John the Baptist (SJB) Catholic Elementary School (part of Juan Diego Catholic Schools) is holding a Clean Air Assembly for their Kindergarten to 2nd grade students on Monday, April 23, 2:00 – 2:40 pm. Draper City Mayor Troy Walker is expected to attend with a member of the City Council. This event was organized by the SJB Parents for Clean Air together with supporting organizations who will be represented at the assembly: Utah Clean Cities, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, Breathe Utah, and UCAIR.
After the assembly, participants will distribute idle-free handouts to parents during pick-up time at 3 pm.
Since early this year, SJB Parents for Clean Air with the support of SJB Elementary School Principal Nikki Ward have been encouraging parents to not idle their vehicles, particularly during drop-off and pick-up times when pollution hotspots are created. These hotspots are particularly harmful for young children. Air quality and health information has also been included in weekly newsletters to parents
According to Principal Nikki Ward, “All of us breathe the same air, and it will take every citizen to improve the air quality. Each of us needs to think about how we can positively impact Utah’s air quality.”
The School will also hold a poster-making contest for students to show their commitment to caring for the Earth and keeping Utah’s air clean. One poster from each grade level will be chosen to receive an air filtration mask from O2TODAY. The top 2 posters will be made into banners for the school by Utah Clean Cities.