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Beyond Plastics hosts Virtual Act-athon for kids

Thursday, June 25 at 2 p.m.—Beyond Plastics, a nationwide project based at Bennington College that empowers students and community leaders around the country to reduce plastic pollution, and Green Ivy Schools, invite kids ages 7-13 to participate in a Virtual Act-Athon on June 25 at 2 p.m.. To participate, students can register at actionnetwork.org/forms/act-athon.

This community effort welcomes kids to use their creativity to tell the biggest producers of plastic pollution to fix the problem they’ve created. During the Virtual Act-Athon, hosted via Zoom, kids will break into smaller break-out groups led by an experienced and passionate youth mentor.

These sessions will utilize their interests in various mediums—including video, writing, social media, drawing, and sculpting—to create a mini-campaign targeting one of the major corporations contributing to the plastic pollution crisis.

“Young people are very interested in reducing plastic pollution. They understand the severity of the problem and what is at stake for their future,” said Judith Enck, President of Beyond Plastics and visiting faculty at Bennington College.

The workshop will be facilitated by Jennifer Congdon, development director of Beyond Plastics, Dr. Jennifer Jones, founder of Green Ivy Schools, and Bennington student Olivia Chiossone ’23.

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