(Photo courtesy of Mount Madonna School)

MOUNT MADONNA — The public is invited to check out the wildlife and many kid-friendly activities at the 12th annual Summit for the Planet eco-carnival and Earth Day celebration on Saturday.

Hosted by Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, this free public event features kids games, face painting, live wildlife and reptile exhibits, pony rides, music and food.

Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. with an array of eco-carnival games, tasty foods, exhibits and activities. Free e-waste recycling is also offered (no alkaline batteries or large appliances). The event concludes at 1:30 p.m.

“The annual Summit for the Planet connects the MMS school community with local organizations and businesses supporting the environment and teaching young people the importance of stewardship,” said Head of School Mary Supriya McDonald. “It’s a day of play and fun for families and all the visitors who join us on the mountaintop.”

The celebration will spotlight environmental education, and participants will include All Goods Electronics E-Waste Recycling & Surplus, Mt. Madonna Stables, India Gourmet, Marianne’s Ice Cream, Fired Up Fresh wood-fired pizza, and World Centric.

Attendance at this annual event has grown to around 500 people of all ages, from across south Santa Clara County and the Monterey Bay areas.

“Summit for the Planet is an event that simultaneously raises money for our school, so that MMS can make its students happy by keeping classes like physical education and going on many field trips, and it also teaches people and students about how to help the environment,” said seventh-grader Mariah Cohen. “It’s a way for teachers to teach their students how to recycle things and re-purpose them to help our earth.”

For information, visit SummitforthePlanet.org.

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