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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Department of Education Celebrates Earth Day with Recommended Reading List
~ Book selections highlight environmental and scientific topics ~

TALLAHASSEE – In celebration of Earth Day 2009, Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith today announced the Just Read, Florida! Earth Day Recommended Reading List. The selected books represent a variety of scientific and environmental topics suitable for students of all ages and grade levels.

“Today’s students are more tuned in then ever before to the issues affecting our environment and the potential consequences that follow them,” said Commissioner Smith. “The selected books help students of all ages think about their roles and responsibilities to become Earth-conscious adults.”

Earth Day was first observed in the United States in 1970 to educate all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, about the earth and its environment. By 2000, it had become an international event and brought attention to local and global environmental problems and possible solutions. More than one billion people in 174 countries participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world.

To view this year's Just Read, Florida! Earth Day Recommended Reading List, visit http://www.justreadflorida.com/earthday.asp. The Web site also offers tools for parents to help nurture a reading friendly environment at home. Resources available online include links to county and municipal public libraries, and tips for parents on reading with their children.

Just Read, Florida! makes reading a priority in Florida's public schools and among the community groups and volunteer organizations that support them. For more information about the Department of Education’s Just Read, Florida! office, visit www.justreadflorida.com.