Students sweep the ditches for Earth Day

Andrew Wagstaff
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River Hebert students joined with the Joggins Fossil Centre on Monday to celebrate earth Day by cleaning the ditches of a 5-km stretch of Highway 242 in Maccan.

MACCAN – A five-kilometre stretch of Highway 242 here received some Earth Day love from a group of River Hebert students today.

About 30 students from Grades 5-7, along with teachers, parents and volunteers, joined representatives from the Joggins Fossil Centre to clean up garbage seemingly tossed into the ditch by motorists during the past year. More than 30 garbage bags filled with refuse were collected during a 90-minute period on Monday afternoon.

“It’s been so excellent to have the school out,” said Melissa Grey, curator of paleontology at the fossil centre. “When I drove in this morning, I thought there was no way we were going to get all of this done, but the kids were amazing.”

The variety of materials picked up from the ditches ranged from plastic to metal, bottles and cans. One student came across a camera, while another discovered where a motorist had apparently emptied out their car’s ashtray. The runaway leader in items picked up was Tim Hortons coffee cups.

Earth Day is celebrated each year at the fossil centre, which also uses the occasion to mark its annual season opening. Sunny weather made this year’s ditch cleanup more enjoyable, according to Grey.

“We do it every year, and it’s nice to get more and more people out,” she said. “Hopefully all the people who drive by and see us and the kids will be less likely to throw it out now.”

Organizations: Joggins Fossil Centre, Tim Hortons

Geographic location: River Hebert

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