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April 25, 2013

spring cleaning

Students set the pace for citywide effort

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Sixth-grader Anthony Papageorgiou said he wanted to show off his school and have it look nice to everyone passing by.

”It was a lot of work picking up dead branches and brush, but it was worth it,” he said. “I’m happy with the results of our work and it’s good for the environment because it makes room for new trees. The only thing I worried about was destroying the homes of animals that might be living there.”

Joubert said the area has been cleaned by Nettle students in past years and this year’s beautification challenge was to get the bulk of the fallen trees cleared to allow for future vegetation to grow and become strong.

It was massive undertaking, but Nettle’s students did their best and worked hard to make the area around their school look good, Joubert said.

Students went into the woods and pulled out brush, branches, overgrowth and trash and other debris that was making the area look bad. They wore work gloves and were given trash bags. They brought the debris out to the street and Valley Tree picked it up. The trash was placed into a school Dumpster.

Principal Michael Rossi said it was his school’s biggest cleanup yet.

”The teachers did a great job by organizing kids in small work groups, then each took a different area along Golden Hill Ave.,” he said. “They really did a nice job planning and organizing.”

Rossi said Joubert arranged for Valley Tree and city workers to place orange cones along Golden Hill Avenue, and also to have a city truck with a flashing lights in the area.

”The kids found a fence post that could not be chipped, so the DPW took it in a truck,” Rossi said. “It was a great coordinated effort.”

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