THERE is a Malay saying that goes: Kalau hendak melentur buluh, biarlah dari rebungnya (If you want to bend the bamboo, do it while it is still a shoot).
In this spirit, Educare, a kindergarten in Petaling Jaya’s Section 16 residential area, is planning to hold The Green Camp from 8am to 1pm on May 31, and children, parents and all neighbourhood friends of the Earth are invited.
“This is the 12th time Educare is celebrating Earth Day, on different scales and in different ways,” kindergarten director V. Renuga Thevi said.
Previous projects included adopting Katy, an orang-utan in Zoo Negara, planting trees at the Goat Farm in Batu Arang, Selangor, and staging the musical drama The Green Dream in collaboration with the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF).
Its young alumni – many proudly wearing primary school dark blues now – still speak enthusiastically of the “Green Market” the school organised two years ago, when they prepared vegetarian sandwiches, fruit jelly and fruit drinks, and sold local fruits. Proceeds from that event went to the WWF and the Malaysian Nature Society.
This year, Educare is offering kiddie games, face-painting, decoration of Earth cupcakes, making wrist corsages and Earth craft for its young visitors. Older siblings can take part in flower arrangement, create Earth Day messages and join their younger brothers and sisters in Earth-themed songs and dances, while families can share the joy of planting a tree and take part in an organ donor drive.
Activities and food are capped at RM5, with games at 20 sen.
“At Educare, we have always believed in instilling good values in our children,” said Renuga. “There is so much rush in the ‘Reading and Maths Race’, that we sometimes forget to teach children to appreciate our heritage.”
For further information, call Renuga at 012-3737 349 or 03-7957 8958 or www.educare-heritage.com or email@example.com.