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Snapping Shoals EMC, schools celebrate Earth Day

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

In honor of Earth Day, officials with Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) plan to give each elementary school in the co-op's service area a six-foot autumn blaze maple to be planted on school grounds.

The electric membership corporation serves parts of north Henry County, which includes school communities like Hickory Flat Elementary School in McDonough.

The school plans to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day today, according to parent, Jennifer Wimber. Hickory Flat's fifth-grade class will plant the six-foot autumn blaze maple tree today, at 1:30 p.m., when a student from each classroom will speak about Earth Day. Wimber said fifth-graders, who were asked to dress in green, will have a chance to drop a spoonful of dirt, or a cup of water, onto the tree's roots in a symbolic gesture.

Snapping Shoals EMC will continue to celebrate Earth Day by offering, to the first 50 customers who visit the co-op's main office at 14750 Brown Bridge Road in Covington, a free energy efficiency kit, said Snapping Shoals EMC Spokeswoman Leigh-Anne Burgess.

The kits, Burgess said, include items like caulk and compact florescent bulbs, and provide useful resources to help customers conserve energy in their homes. To learn more about ways to conserve energy, visit the Snapping Shoals EMC web site at www.ssemc.com.