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April 25, 2013

spring cleaning

Students set the pace for citywide effort

Haverhill got a good spring cleaning last Saturday, when hundreds of volunteers took part in the annual Earth Day citywide cleanup.

But 118 sixth-graders at Nettle Middle School got a jump on the cleaning earlier, when they made the area around their school look neater and cleaner, just as past sixth-grade classes have done.

”The first year we did a trash cleanup, the second year was a branch pickup the city chipped and we spread, and this year Valley Tree donated their time to chip all the large fallen trees and branches that the students pulled from the woods along Golden Hill Avenue,” said sixth-grade science teacher Michelle Joubert. “We all take pride in how our school looks and each year we continue to make improvements.”

Every year, Nettle sixth-graders study environmental science. As a kick-off to the unit, they study their own environment around the school grounds, making improvements to the area surrounding the building.

”As we progress in this science unit, students will be making reference to the cleanup and its benefits to the environment,” Joubert said.

Students got a break from their classroom studies on April 9 by spending two hours working on the grounds around their school as part of the annual Nettle School Earth Day cleanup.

Sixth-grader Emily Zujewski said she wanted to be involved in the cleanup, knowing it would make a big impact for Earth Day.

”I knew that it would help with the overall looks of our school ... The grounds were really covered in trash,” Emily said. “After we were done, it looked really good. There were no giant trees on the pathway and no trash on the hill.”

The children picked up trash from the school grounds. They also worked on beautifying the wooded area off Golden Hill Avenue near The Baker-Katz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. With the assistance of Valley Tree, the wooded area was cleared of old fallen branches.

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