trash hotspot that the students named “the hill.” Residents applauded the effort and helped to dispose of batteries and scrap metals collected by the students. “Teamwork is a key piece to the trash free puzzle” said Candice Crump, Green Team Leader at Houston Elementary. “The more hands we get on the ground, the easier the cleanup effort and the ability to raise awareness about the litter issue in the community.” During their cleanup in April, students at Houston Elementary learned about the harmful effects of trash on their local environment and how they can help take control of their trash. Other schoolyard cleanups were held by the five participating schools this past spring, with more than 120 students removing 550 pounds of trash and recyclables from their schoolyards and neighborhoods. Though the litter problem can sometimes seem insurmountable, these students recognize that it is solvable and must be tackled to have sustained improvement of their community. The schools in Deanwood are dedicated to solving the litter problem. Students have taken the lead on sustaining the Trash Free Deanwood Project through their volunteer efforts, but in order for their efforts to be successful the community as a whole must also be involved. To ensure that an active, trash-smart culture is successful, Deanwood needs more residents to make incremental changes, which can be as simple as walking an extra few steps to a trash bin or volunteering at community events. Help sustain the Deanwood community and be part of the Trash Free Deanwood Project. For more information on the Trash Free Deanwood Project and to learn how you can share this message throughout the District of Columbia, contact Everette Bradford, Community Outreach Liaison, ebradford@ fergusonfoundation.org. l EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM H 45
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