School Kids Sweep Up New Brunswick!

School Kids Sweep Up Day was successful for another year as 5th graders from Roosevelt, McKinley, Woodrow Wilson and Paul Robeson schools removed approximately 1.29 tons of litter from streets in their neighborhoods.

School Kids Sweep Up Day 2016

School Kids Sweep Up Day 2016

School Kids Sweep Up Day is held annually as part of the City’s Urban Cleanup Week. Students from elementary schools in town mobilize, grab gloves, safety vests and brooms and spend the day outside cleaning up litter and learning about the importance of recycling and proper trash disposal. They are then treated to a Clean City Celebration that entails the annual Slam Dunk the Junk basketball game.

Slam Dunk the Junk competition during School Kids Sweep Up Day 2016.

Slam Dunk the Junk competition during School Kids Sweep Up Day 2016.

The students were aided by employees from the New Brunswick DPW and Unitex and Coca-Cola, the day’s longtime sponsors. Unitex and Coca-Cola also donated lunch and bottled water to keep the students nourished.

Of the approximate 1.29 tons of litter about .84 tons was trash and about .45 tons were recyclables. All was taken by the New Brunswick DPW for proper disposal and recycling.

To promote a little friendly competition, the schools were challenged to see how much they could collect as a team. Roosevelt School came in first and earned the “Golden Broom” Award with 46 lbs per student.

Each year, the efforts of these students make a real difference in the cleanliness and beautification of our community, and each year, the students enthusiastically rise to the task of keeping their neighborhoods clean. They did an awesome job this year and we’re already gearing up for next year!

Members of the New Brunswick Police Department and Clean Communities Coordinator Donna Caputo pose with students during School Kids Sweep Up Day on April 19.

Members of the New Brunswick Police Department and Clean Communities Coordinator Donna Caputo pose with students during School Kids Sweep Up Day on April 19.

To view a gallery of photos from School Kids Sweep Up Day, please click here.

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