Marine Corps Base Hawaii --
Rags of clothing became knotted bags and empty cups from newspaper transformed into potted plants as children crafted usable items out of old recycled materials at “Eco-Friendly In the Park,” April 16, 2013.
Marine Corps Community Services hosted the event, giving children the opportunity to create arts and crafts using items that have been or could be recycled, part of a free, month-long series at Riseley Field.
“A child’s imagination is very creative, and they just let their imagination flow free,” said Estella Euclide, a program specialist with the base’s Marine and Family Programs. “We want the kids to see their art come to life.”
The children learned about various methods of recycling. They glued bottle caps to artworks of a fish and a sea turtle, making them visually vibrant.
“The kids (used) their own creativity to make a giant piece of art out of recycled bottle caps,” said Troy Euclide, director of the Family Readiness Branch. “The finished art will go on display at the Earth Day (Expo).”
Other activities included creating bags made from donated T-shirts, and potting plants in cups made of old newspapers. The children were taught how to plant the tree after they take it home.
“We enjoy hosting events like these that really get kids involved with each other and what’s going on,” Troy Euclide said. “They work together on these little projects and form friendships with one another.”
Children not only connected with each other through “Eco-Friendly In the Park,” but parents became acquainted as well, providing hands-on help for their kids as they chatted with each other.
“This is the first event we’ve attended,” said Navy spouse Billie George. “I heard about this event through MCCS, and I’ve met so many nice people here. It’s a really great program.”
Amidst the crowd of children at the event, volunteers helped kids make paper hats with feathers and provided glue for kids to assemble the bottle-cap artwork.
“I was just passing by, and I saw this event and decided to help out,” said Milena Medina, a volunteer whose husband is a Marine who is with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. “ I absolutely love working with children, and this event allowed me to do just that.”
“In the Park” is held every Tuesday this month featuring different activities for families to enjoy. The series included April observances recognizing military children, autism and child abuse prevention.
The next event, “Fitness In the Park,” will offer exercise and health activities at Riseley Field from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 257-0372.