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June 16, 2010

Hill View helpers clean downtown streets

A set of small helping hands from Hill View Montessori Charter Public School made a big difference when they cleaned trash and debris from downtown on Wednesday as part of a field trip. What's surprising, however, is that they chose a day of trash pickup over a day of fun at the beach.

Nine first- and second-graders from the Hill View school Merrimack Street while picking up pieces of paper, plastic and aluminum cans.

"We think it's a fun and really exciting thing," said Isabella Xenakis, 8, of East Hampstead, N.H.

This is the second time the students of Hill View have gone downtown for a trash pickup day.

For another student on the trip, Brianna Van Hecke, 8, of Haverhill, said that she was there to take care of unfinished business.

"It was still pretty dirty and we wanted to clean it up," she said.

Supervising the trip was lower elementary teacher Susie Renninger, 30, who said such green outreach projects aren't uncommon among Hill View students.

"They really enjoy trying to make a difference and help out," she said. "They can't comprehend why someone would throw trash on the ground."

The trip for the downtown cleanup was part of the student's annual Fun Week, in which the students pick a different field trip or activity they'd like to do on each day earlier in the year. On Tuesday, for instance, the students had visited York's Wild Kingdom in Maine.

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