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April 26, 2014

Students clean up New Castle for Global Youth Service Day

NEW CASTLE — The streets of New Castle are looking a lot cleaner today thanks to efforts of 350 high school students.

Accompanied by their teachers, the New Castle students descended on the city’s streets yesterday to spruce up the town by bagging litter from the streets and byways.

They were taking part in Global Youth Service Day, the largest service event in the world and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth, according to the organization’s website.

Teachers and students converged at 8 a.m. at various sites around the city. Teachers passed out gloves, safety vests and garbage bags and students went to work, beginning at their original site and moving to other areas. They clambered up hills and fought their ways through high grass, weeds and small trees to reach numerous plastic bottles, papers and even a plastic chair. Then they stacked the bags along the streets for later pickup.

Starting points located around town included  Progressive Field in Mahoningtown, Gaston Park, Ray Street, Wilmington and Butler avenues and West Washington Street. After working all morning, students were set to gather for lunch at Gaston Park.

The annual event is celebrated in more than 135 countries drawing young people from schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community- and faith-based organizations to work with adult mentors, national service programs and government agencies to provide a day of service to impact their communities.

The event was established in 1988, and it has become an annual event at New Castle High School.

Global Youth Service Day is a campaign of Youth Service America, which is dedicated to the youth service movement.

(Email: grzebieniak@ncnewsonline.com)

 

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