The class convened on Saturday, April 27; the instructors worked with the Loveland Tree and Environment Committee; the learning experience was for volunteers only.
"I participated because I knew it would make me feel good to help my community,” said LMS Student Maddie Craft. “I was really looking forward to spending the day outside with my friends working to make our city even more beautiful."
Craft wasn’t alone; more than 40 members of the Loveland Middle School (LMS) National Junior Honor Society, and several LMS Tiger staff members signed up for the Great American Clean Up.
"It was a great way to spend a beautiful Saturday outside,” said Paige Nash, LMS student. “I got to spend time with my friends and it was a good way to help out my community."
"It seemed like a fun event that I could do with friends while also helping out the community,” added fellow LMS student Roshan Chandrakumar. “I wanted to give back to the city and this was a great way to do so."
"Every year the LMS National Junior Honor Society likes to do something for the community in order to give back,” said Jayson Bruce, LMS teacher and National Junior Honor Society sponsor. “When I heard of the Great American Cleanup I thought it was a perfect fit.”
With garbage bags in hand, the students walked through different sites around Loveland, picking up trash along the way. The lesson was not missed.
"A lot of mud and dirt on my jeans! Just kidding,” Craft joked. “It made me feel really good to help out and seeing all of the garbage that piles up along the river made me realize how important it is to never litter and pick up any garbage if you see it lying around."
"I learned that there will always be places in the community to clean and make it look better,” said Chandrakumar. “I also found that helping the community can not only be good for it, but it can also be enjoyable!"
“It is an event that benefits our students as well as the entire community,” said Bruce. “Judging by all of the enthusiasm and fun stories, I would definitely call it a success."
Want to see more coverage of the Loveland Great American Cleanup? Check out this story by Jason Hoffman in the Loveland Herald.
Photo caption (L to R): LMS students Jessica Morey, Susie Heath, Rachel Blumberg, Stephanie Batsch, Katie Fackler, Liz Bartnik, Julia Dillhoff