Falls City Kids Pick Up Trash as Part of Earth Day Celebration

FALLS CITY – Elementary students in Falls City have the chance to freshen up the local parks this week.

All week long, kids from kindergarten to fifth grade, have gone to various parks throughout Falls City to clean up garbage.

The effort is a part of the bi-annual cleanup taking place throughout the town this week, with Earth Day concluding the festivities on Saturday.

Elementary Guidance Counselor Troy Nelson, brought a group of kids out to Grandview Park in the middle of the week, which turned out to be pretty good timing.

“Teachers will just decide on what day they want to do it, depending on the weather. Today was in between storms so it looked good and we just went for it,” says Nelson.

The event was started five or six years ago and with so many grade levels involved, virtually every park in Falls City gets cleaned up during the week.

Nelson says besides tidying the parks, the event also teaches the kids to value the earth.

“Number one just helping other people out, helping keep the earth clean. Also, citizenship, taking care of their community,” says Nelson.

The clean-up effort includes students from both Falls City Public School and Sacred Heart Catholic School.

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