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Neighborhood Park Clean Up

I love my family.

I love my friends.

I love my kid’s friends and their families.

I love my kid’s school.

I love my neighborhood.

I love that my kids are learning to recycle and to help clean the environment.

I grew up in NYC in the 70’s and 80’s.  Although it was an exciting and I had ‘the world’ in my backyard, it was also a very different experience from the suburban or rural upbringings.  I took a subway to high school.  Graffiti and garbage on the streets were a normal, everyday sight.  My high school had nine floors, escalators, and metal detectors at the front doors.  The grass is always greener on the other side, but that is not the way I would like to raise my kids.

There is still construction going on in my neighborhood.  Being that we are in Texas, there is a lot of wind and often ‘debris’ will float away to the wooded parts or the fields nearby.  My good friend Stacey with the help of Denise, Tiffany and a bunch more wonderful people put together the Rocketship Park Clean Up Day.  Students of my son’s school and their families were invited to help clean up the Rocketship Park, (a public park in our neighborhood) and the surrounding areas).  This event is done twice a year – once in the fall and the spring.  The original date had to be reschedule due to bad weather, so the turnout was not as large as the fall event, however, we are so grateful for those who were able to make it and those who tried and passed the word around about the clean up.  So much was done and what a wonderful learning experience it was for the kids (and parents!)

Of course, everyone was safe, as that is the #1 priority.  So we had gloves, handles to pick up trash, sanitizer, water, etc.  It’s such a wonderful event and I wish every town would organize something like this to help teach future generations about saving the planet.  And it was FUN!

These images are from both the Fall 2010 clean up and the Spring 2011 Clean Up.

Thank you Stacey for organizing the event and everyone else for their participation!

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