Press Release 3/20/19

(Kent, Connecticut) – For the 8th consecutive year, the Kent Conservation Commission (KCC) is sponsoring an educational program at the Kent Memorial Library with an environmental theme, timed to be near Earth Day and coincide with the Kent Center School spring break.

This year’s program, titled Air Is All Around Us, will be about air and air quality and will be held on Wed. April 17 at 10:30 a.m. Carol Franken Ed.D., the Vice Chair of KCC, will present the program, which is designed for children in pre-K through grade 3. Dr. Franken states, “I feel that it is important to teach complex topics to young children in an age-appropriate way, to lay a foundation for them to grow up to be informed global citizens.”

Participants will do a hands-on construction activity, watch scientific demonstrations, learn the importance of keeping our air clean, and about the role of plants in our atmosphere. All participants will go home with a small plant to care for donated by Kent Greenhouse.

The Kent Conservation Commission is a group of volunteers appointed by the Town who are focused on keeping Kent a clean and healthy place to live by working to protect our natural resources. They educate and engage the public about conservation and environmental concerns. Each year, in conjunction with this educational program, the KCC also donates several books on related topics to the Children Library’s collection.

Carol Franken is a retired science and environmental educator, who spent her career as a teacher and later an administrator for the NYC Dept of Education. Her doctoral degree from Columbia Teachers College is in Instructional Technology. Carol is also an avid gardener. She and her husband Tom, an artist, are longtime residents of South Kent.

This program is free and open to the public. It is geared to pre-k through grade 3, but open to all ages and not a drop off. Please register. For more information, call 860-927-3761 or go to our online calendar at