HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM)- Hattiesburg Mayor, Johnny DuPree kicked off Earth Day and the Great American Cleanup Wednesday morning in Town Square Park.
Several students from Rowan and Woodley Elementary schools participated in this year's Earth Day event. After the Mayor presented a proclamation to the Hattiesburg Parks and Recreation department, the students rotated to ten stations which represented different environmental topics.
The stations ranged from storm water pollution, energy conservation to urban forestry. Dupree says with today being the anniversary of the oil spill, he feels the earth day events were more important than ever for the students.
This is the anniversary of the oil spill, that was an environmental issue too. I think we have to acknowledge that and make sure that we are cognoscente of what is happening around us, and to make sure that we not only take care of the earth but our bodies as well," said DuPree.