Vance-Granville Community College’s South Campus recently celebrated Earth Day, although rain forced the planned outdoor activities to be moved indoors. That did not stop students, faculty, staff and members of the community from learning about conservation and the natural world through a variety of educational displays.
As part of the celebration, students entered a contest to create Earth Day-themed posters. Taking first place in the contest was Chris Batts of Wake Forest, whose subject was monarch butterflies and the effect of climate change on them. Chloe' Bowman of Franklinton placed second with a poster on Global Warming. Finally, Gloria Chavis of Butner came in third with a poster on the theme, “Reuse, Reduce, Recycle.”
Continuing an annual tradition, South Campus also held a “Trash Fashion Show,” in which faculty and staff recycled various items into costumes. Co-winners of the fashion show were Frankie Frink, Randall Thornton and Tina Moll.
Special guests at the event included the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative (which is based in Oxford), the Granville County Beekeepers Association, Granville Gardeners, Granville Greenways, Greenology Products, a park ranger from Falls Lake State Recreation Area, the Tar River Land Conservancy, the North Carolina Forest Service, Granville County Schools Recycling Coordinator Teresa Baker, the Creedmoor Farmers Market, the Granville County Sheriff’s Department (collecting old medications), Hazen and Sawyer (an engineering firm focused on water quality), a U.S. Marine Corps Recruiter, and food vendors including VGCC Culinary Arts, Jay Boy’s Hot Dogs and George Wilkins.
Above: Allison Medlin (third from left), administrative assistant for the Bioenergy Research Initiative, talks with VGCC Culinary Arts students, from left, Tyneshia Brackett, Jordan Turner, Marcus Brown and Brittany Bower during the Earth Day celebration at VGCC’s South Campus. Based in Oxford, the Bioenergy Research Initiative supports research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for energy production and agribusiness development. (VGCC photo)
Above: VGCC student Chris Batts of Wake Forest (left) holds his first-place-winning Earth Day poster, and is congratulated by VGCC South Campus administrative assistant Geraldine Cash, attired for a “trash/recycling fashion show.” Cash organized the Earth Day celebration. (VGCC photo)
Above: Gavin Hardin (left), a VGCC/Granville Early College High School student, talks with Granville County Schools Recycling Coordinator Teresa Baker during the Earth Day celebration at VGCC’s South Campus. (VGCC photo)
More photos: Check out our Earth Day album on Flickr (includes both Warren Campus and South Campus events)!