Saints stage community cleanup
A true community based school is one in which not only is the community involved in the school, but also in which the school is involved with the community.
On Monday, June 17, just as the school year was winding down, and thoughts of summer holidays filled everyone’s minds, there was one project left to complete at St. Peter’s School in Upper Island Cove, before the final grades could be finalized and the year end reports printed. That project was titled “Saints Community Cleanup.”
Over the years the staff and students of St. Peter’s School have depended upon the kindness, generosity, and the selflessness of its parents, former students, community groups, church, youth groups, business and town councils to give of their time, talents and money to further the programs and learning experiences of the students at St. Peter’s.
It was with this sense of generosity shown to the school on a daily basis that the staff and students realized that with a lot of hands, both big and small, they could organize a community cleanup and help to beautify the towns served by their school.
Junior high students were bused throughout the towns while elementary and primary aged students walked the streets nearer to the school, all under the watchful eyes of teachers, student assistants, council workers, parents and members of the local volunteer fire department. Students, staff and volunteers, wearing t-shirts and gloves provided by an an area business, collected litter and placed it inside garbage bags which were picked up by the town workers and the local fire department.
Throughout the event, there were many conversations between students, staff and volunteers as to why there was so much litter, what people could do with their litter rather than throwing it about, or what restaurants could do to reduce packaging.
Sometimes, the simplest of ideas are the easiest of solutions as students in Grade 2 asked “why don’t people keep the garbage in their cars until they get home and then throw it away?” When everyone returned to the school they were treated to a snack provided by the Upper Island Cove Parks & Recreation Association.
The staff and students of St. Peter’s School would like to thank its many partners in this project — the towns of Upper Island Cove, Bryant’s Cove and Bishop’s Cove, the Upper Island Cove Volunteer Fire Department, the Upper Island Cove Parks & Recreation Association, the Upper Island Cove Boys & Girls Club, and several area businesses. Submitted by David Osborne, assistant principal,
St. Peter’s School, Upper Island Cove
Among those taking part in the St. Peter’s School community cleanup on June 17 were these Grade 6 students and their teacher. They are, from left, Maison Coombs, Lucas Adams, Nicholas Mercer, Joshua Adams, Lucas Bishop and teacher Richard Mercer.