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Downtown River Market celebrates Earth Day early

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Earth Day isn't until April 22, but that didn't stop the Downtown River Market from celebrating early today.

Students from ULM set up booths and showed the public how to use chemistry in everyday life. Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge promoted conservation. And Ouachita Green came out to promote recycling and proper disposal of trash.

Professor Laura Beal said this is the second year the ULM students have been asked to participate and they want to encourage children to get involved in the sciences.

"What we are looking at is that science is cool. So many kids get turned off to science. They think it is hard. They think it's not fun. This is the coolest science you can do. And once you get the bug that science is something exciting to explore, we hope that they will go on and study it more," Beal said.

Each week the River Market will have a theme until it closes for the season at the end of May.

Next weekend's theme is spring fever fashion week.

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