My expectations were that a few students, maybe 5-6 would want to help clean up the trails and streets surrounding our Tiger Mountain campus home. I sweetened the deal with adding mechanical 'grabber arms' to our tools, and a prize to be awarded to the team with the heaviest bag at the end of the activity. We got 13 students (!), all of whom wanted to help with the clean up, and we spent an hour and a half digging through the bushes, hauling trash out of ditches, and stuffing our trash bags to capacity. It was great to see the look of pride on the students faces as pedestrians, motorists and homeowners stopped to thank them for their help keeping the community clean.
Congratulations to Callie, Misha, Violet and Izzy for winning our heaviest bag competition! Everyone had so much fun though, we will definitely be doing this one again!