FAIRBANKS — “Do You Want to Save the Planet?” You will after you listen to this song.

Eighth-grader Lilly Larson, of Tanana Middle School, wrote the lyrics, to the popular tune “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from the Disney movie “Frozen.”

Her friend Alisandra Lake, also an eighth-grader, sings it.

The song, she said, is part of her “action plan.”

“Our English class is doing a ‘Project Citizen’ on using canvas bags instead of paper and plastic,” she told me. “So I wrote a song, and we recorded it and now we’re trying to get it on the air.”

It took about two class periods to write the lyrics, she said.

She chose this tune “because ‘Frozen’ has become so iconic lately, and I absolutely love this piece specifically,” she said.

It took about a week to coordinate schedules and work on the rhythm, but with the help of their school band teacher, Simon Traynor, they got it done. Jaxon Sherwood and Robert Alexander also helped with the recording process, she said.

There are 24 students in Laverne Haakenson’s English class and nine in Lilly’s group.

The students were looking for ways to help the environment and settled on this topic because she said they have all seen animals hurt from eating plastic.

They even have a Facebook page with this eye-opening information posted: “Plastic bags are on the loose: They’re floating through oceans, tumbling across deserts, and sliding along city streets.

“Humans use an estimated 1 trillion plastic bags a year. That’s about 10 times the number of stars in the Milky Way galaxy!”

“People always forget to bring canvas bags,” Lilly said. She hopes this song will remind people to bring those bags — and help save the planet at the same time.

Here are the lyrics to the song:

Do you wanna save the planet?

Bring your bags that’s all you need

I wanna see the sun again,

Hear the birds and then

Go out and plant the seed

The plastic is cluttering —

Make it stop — 

I wish we could help it now

Do you wanna save the planet?

Come on, let’s save the planet

Ok how?

Do you wanna save the planet?

Or help the O-zone layer grow?

The canvas is ready to

Get into queue

In stores around the world

It gets a little ugly

All this dirty trash

Just watching the bags fly by

Please, I know you have them

A little change that’s all it is

They say, “bring bags” and we’re trying to

We just need you

Every her and his

We only have each other

Its just our small world

What are we going to do?

Do you wanna save the planet?


Scholarship dinner

Here is a dinner well worth the price. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality program hosts its 27th annual scholarship dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The dinner features nine courses, accompanied by wine pairings for each course. Known for its flair in food, the event also has a flair for raising money for scholarships for students enrolled in the culinary arts and baking programs.

The program, which offers certificates and associate degrees, is pursuing industry accreditation with the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation.

Tickets are $100 per seat or $750 for a table of eight. Contact Renee Lord at 455-2902 or vlord2@alaska.edu for tickets or information.

Contact columnist/community editor Kris Capps at kcapps@newsminer.com or