WAUSAU – In recognition of Earth Day, REI Engineering, Inc. is contributing books to local schools and The Women’s Community and is distributing educational materials for nearly 400 students and 16 teachers, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

REI president Jeny Nieuwenhuis (Contributed photo)

REI’s goal is to encourage students to “read, educate and ignite action to help in sustaining our environment,” according to the release. To accomplish this goal, REI team members will deliver books to classrooms and school libraries. Students at Newman Catholic Schools, Mosinee Schools, Riverside Elementary School, Rothschild Elementary, Kate Goodrich Elementary School, Riverview Elementary School, Trinity Lutheran in Athens and local preschools will all receive books.

“Small gestures can make a large impact,” said REI president Jeny Nieuwenhuis. “The books we are sharing with local students are a tool to open up the conversation about Earth Day.  Earth Day doesn’t have to be about solving environmental crises, but it can serve as a reminder that we can make practical adjustments that have a greater impact on the shaping of our community.”

Earth Day is a worldwide rally for environmental protection.