Arrowview Elementary School students did their part for the environment on Earth Day April 22, collecting eight large bags of trash from around the grounds of the Qualicum Beach campus.
The clean-up was held as part of the Progressive Waste Community Clean-up Challenge.
Emily Anderson, Ronan Falk and Mason Lewis, students in Jennifer Pickard’s Grade 3 class, submitted a report on the clean-up that noted much of the garbage was found in ditches lining the streets around the school.
Among the items collected by the students were half of a “No Parking” sign, and one of the school’s classes found both a discarded latex glove and enough cigarette butts to fill the glove.
“We know that cigarettes can make it hard for people to breathe and can start fires,” the three young students wrote. “We want people to stop throwing cigarette butts onto the ground!”
In closing, Anderson, Falk and Lewis wished everyone in the community a happy Earth Day, and complimented residents on keeping the area relatively tidy.
“We were surprised that there wasn’t more garbage because we thought there would be tons,” they said. “People must be getting the message to keep our community clean.
— Submitted by Arrowview Elementary