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WALDBAUM'S FOODMART ANNOUNCES 6-MEMBER PANEL TO JUDGE PROJECT EARTH 1993 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FAIR IN HARTFORD, CONN.

Local Connecticut and Massachusetts Environmental Science Fair Winners
 Determined May 25 at Waldbaum's Foodmart 1993 Eco Fair
 HARTFORD, Conn., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Waldbaum's Foodmart is proud to announce a distinguished six-member panel of representatives from reputable environmental organizations and various environmental preservation and conservation branches of Connecticut state and local government to determine the three winning schools from each age group (K-5, 7-9, 10-12) at the Waldbaum's Foodmart Project Earth 1993 Environmental Science Fair.
 Hundreds of students K-12 from local schools throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts will be gathering Tuesday, May 25, at the Waldbaum's Foodmart Project Earth 1993 Eco Fair to display their innovative projects for combating environmental problems and compete for an IBM compatible computer and printer, and $1,000, $750 and $250 environmental grants for their schools in the Waldbaum's Foodmart 1993 Environmental Science Fair.
 Several area schools will be taking field trips to the Eco Fair to view the students' projects and join in the many other environmental games, activities, displays and guest speaker presentations taking place at the daylong Eco Fair. The general public is also welcome to attend this fun and informational event free of charge.
 The Waldbaum's Foodmart Project Earth 1993 Eco Fair is the company's second environmental program. Waldbaum's Foodmart held its first Eco Fair in 1991, which was also in Hartford. Waldbaum's Foodmart developed these programs as part of its strong overall commitment to protecting and preserving the planet Earth for future generations.
 "Waldbaum's Foodmart wants to learn what local students are doing in our community to help save the Earth so that we can share their knowledge with others," said Donald L. Barsalou, group vice president of Waldbaum's Foodmart. "Through their participation in Project Earth 1993, young people will learn how to find solutions. Everyone, no matter how young, has the power to become a 'Defender of the Planet' (the theme for this year's Eco Fair) and Waldbaum's Foodmart hopes others will recognize that it's never too late to clean up their act by contributing in some small way. 'The power is yours!'"
 The Environmental Science Fair has become the cornerstone of the Eco Fair's daylong salute to the Earth and its natural environment and has received overwhelming support from parents, teachers and students as well as numerous local and national environmental leaders and authorities such as those on this year's judges panel.
 Cheryl L. Burke, director of the Visitors Center at the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority in Hartford and a judge in this year's 1993 Environmental Science Fair, said when she first heard about Waldbaum's Foodmart Eco Fair in 1991 she immediately contacted Waldbaum's and elected to be a judge.
 "As a teacher who educates the public about the three R's -- reduce, reuse, recycle -- I've learned that there is a need -- an urgent need -- to encourage students to take part in environmental preservation because they often feel a sense of security and hopelessness on their part when it comes to combating the sometimes overwhelming environmental problems which threaten the world today. Programs like the Waldbaum's Foodmart Environmental Science Fair, tied into such a large-scale event as the Eco Fair, can be very inspirational and empowering for children because the local student projects are spotlighted at the fair, giving them a chance to express their own environmental concerns and problem-solving ideas as well as learn from one another," said Burke.
 "The Eco Fair is very instrumental in expressing to children, as well as adults, the need to consider the simple environmentally safe actions each of us can practice in our everyday lives, whether it be in our home, school, town or the larger environment, rather than just focusing on the foreboding problem. I encourage science at any level, that's why when asked to return to be a judge at this year's Waldbaum's Foodmart Environmental Science Fair, I enthusiastically accepted."
 In addition to Burke, the five other judges for Waldbaum's Foodmart 1993 Environmental Science Fair are: geologist Ann Hadley, district manager of the Connecticut Association of Soil and Water Conservation located in Haddam, Conn.; Ellen P. Morris, director of Environmental Health and head of the Clean Air Committee at the American Lung Association of Connecticut which is based in East Hartford, Conn.; Rusty Roberts, president of the Forest Park Zoological Society in Springfield, Mass., and head of an educational committee for the preservation of endangered species; Lisa Tryon, executive director of the Connecticut Zoological Society in Bridgeport, Conn.; and Karl J. Wagener, executive director of the Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality located in Hartford, which is a nine-member council directly appointed by the governor of Connecticut and Connecticut state Legislature.
 Although not participating as judges, Steve Weinberg, science consultant for the Connecticut State Department of Education and other members of the Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality will also be present at the Environmental Science Fair to oversee the event.
 The student projects featured in this year's Environmental Science Fair address a broad range of environmental topics from the water conservation of a tributary of the Coginchaug River flowing through the town of one school, to a clinical demonstration by another school of how soil erosion actually occurs. Another school will demonstrate how they cleaned a polluted park adjacent to their schoolyard and implemented conservation techniques to create a nature walk in the park that the whole town can enjoy. Other projects demonstrate recycling projects students have undertaken in their schools and communities. One school has even created a life-size, inflatable replica of the Amazon Rain Forest!
 Eligibility for participation in the Waldbaum's Foodmart Environmental Science Fair required the submission of an application to Waldbaum's Foodmart. The winners of the Environmental Science Fair to be determined May 25 will be judged on the degree of environmental importance their project addresses and the degree of clarity and innovativeness their project presents in addressing that issue.
 The Waldbaum's Foodmart Project Earth 1993 Eco Fair and Environmental Science Fair will be held Tuesday, May 25 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Bushnell Memorial in Hartford. The Bushnell Memorial is at 166 Capitol Ave. Admission is free.
 Waldbaum's Foodmart is a grocery chain which operates 42 stores throughout Connecticut and western Massachusetts. And as the tagline implies, Waldbaum's Foodmart really is "Picky, Picky, Picky About the Environment."
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 /CONTACT: Angela M. Butterfield of Unique Concepts, 1-800-521-9317, for Waldbaum's Foodmart/


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