By John Ostapkovich

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) – Earth Day comes a little late in Cherry Hill, but organizers of Saturday’s festival at Croft Farm say it’ll be worth the wait.

From a bike ride at 8 a.m. through the festival close, exhibitors, vendors and even students celebrate all things green. For the students, it’s a special event, the first time all 19 Cherry Hill schools are participating in one way or another, an outgrowth of the district-wide character education program that Mona Noyes supervises.

“Character education and character development for kids really leads directly to sustainability,” Noyes said. “If we don’t have respect for ourselves, one another and for the earth, nothing’s going to ever change.”

Noyes says each school has a project, be it a skit, a song or a video on that theme, which she says is easily understood by even the youngest. Use something up now, you’ve got nothing later. Noyes says children are 25% of the population now, but 100% of the future.

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