MASSENA — The New York Power Authority wrapped up a week of environmental justice activities on Friday with a community education day at the Massena Housing Authority.
Families enjoyed a variety of activities, from face painting and inflatables to a dip tank and a free barbecue as part of the Power Authority’s third annual event.
The week began with a three-day STEM camp in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students from the Masséna Police Activities League. The goal was to educate students on different energy-related topics through hands-on learning experiences.
STEM program manager Alexandra DeRosa said students were divided into two groups – ages 10 and up and under 10 – to learn the basics of electricity and hold an engineering competition. wind turbines. The camp included a career panel of NYPA employees from the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project. The last day was devoted to the activities of the Center Nature Nicandri.
This week, NYPA also hosted the first Day of Service of the Community Environmental Justice Employee Volunteer Corps in the North Country. Staff from the St. Lawrence-FDR Energy Project joined the Environmental Justice Team to help residents of Laurel Terrace with cleanup and beautification projects around the resort’s community center. Volunteers painted the Laurel Terrace Community Hall and various entry rooms of the building.
On Wednesday, NYPA’s Environmental Justice Team sponsored two hands-on, in-person bloat workshops for residents of the Massena Housing Authority. Lisa Payne Wansley, vice president of environmental justice, said the first session at Laurel Terrace drew 25 people, while another 17 attended the second session at Grasmere Terrace.
As the week ended on Friday, visitors enjoyed Belly Buttons the Clown face painting, while others bounced in one of two bouncy houses, and others took part in an educational presentation inside NYPA’s Energy Xplorer mobile van, one of the Power Authority. mobile assets. Ms Wansley said the van was unveiled before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and sat in storage for two years, but is now making its way around the state.
“That’s the farthest he’s gone,” she said.
The day included a kind of dunk tank. When the target was hit, a bucket of water splashed onto the volunteer seated in the hot seat. A free lunch of burgers, hot dogs and salads was also on the day’s menu.
Lucas Hanss from the Nicandri Nature Center was also present. One of his exhibits was a three-toed box turtle that turns 36 on September 1. Mr Hanss said the turtle usually eats foods like worms, lettuce and green vegetables.
“He is definitely our friendliest turtle. I have a slice of banana waiting for him,” he said.
Charlie the Madagascar hissing cockroach was also present, along with displays of tree molds, skulls, skins and other items.
Ms Wansley said she and other members of the environmental justice team went door-to-door at the Massena Housing Authority on Thursday to invite residents to Friday’s celebration.
“I love this week. It’s so special to watch families,” she said.
One of NYPA’s past projects was providing new refrigerators to residents of the Massena Housing Authority, and she remembers it vividly.
“I promised to come back every year. I believe if you want to be a good neighbor you have to do what you say you are going to do,” she said.