Last Saturday, Earth Team Interns from Alhambra High met, bright and early, at 8am to return to Rumrill Blvd and conduct litter assessments at all three of their hotspots of focus. There team is smaller this semester but their efforts are just as impactful. In just three hours, they collected over 1700 pieces of litter; they prevented over 1700 pieces of litter from polluting the Bay.
In addition to cleaning up the streets, interns had a chance to promote their upcoming Earth Day Clean-up on April 21st @ MacArthur Community Baptist Church on Rumrill Blvd. Community members were very interested in a group of high schoolers out early on a Saturday morning working to clean up the streets. Several locals came out to thank them for their work and ask how they could get involved. The owner of the 7-11 at hotspot #1 even offered the interns free drinks to reward them for their efforts. Spirits were very high that day and interns expressed a great sense of purpose.
Here’s what intern Autumn Phillips had to say about the day:
“Last Saturday, we picked up trash on each of our hot spots. The community members seemed really confused until I told them what we were doing. Once I told them, they got really excited and wanted to participate as well. It felt good to be recognized but also made me think, these people are so happy to see a change, why haven’t they come out and tried to make a change?”
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