Saints stage com­mu­nity cleanup

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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

Sub­mit­ted photo

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.

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