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Clifton School’s safety patrols took to the banks of Omand’s Creek for a
massive litter blitz.
The school recently joined staff from CAA
Manitoba, CIBC and Anytime Fitness for the cleanup effort.
“There’s a lot of garbage thrown
here every year, so we want to help clean it up,” said Grade 5 student John
“We’re here to help just one of our
many ecosystems,” said Grade 6 student Westley Delaney. “Patrols are basically
volunteers. We can do many things around our community besides helping people
cross the street.”
Along with picking up the usual
paper and plastic waste, students noticed a common thread among many of the
pieces of litter.
“We’ve picked up garbage from
almost every fast food restaurant around here,” Westley said.
Thanks to their mutual involvement
in safety patrols and close proximity, Clifton and CAA Manitoba have become
frequent partners over the years.
“Our partnership has evolved
naturally,” said CAA Manitoba’s Public and Media Relations Specialist Erika
Miller. “It’s just a good fit for them to join us in cleaning up our community.
We all share this neighbourhood.”
The school also joins CAA Manitoba
for the annual Santa Claus Parade each year.
“They’re just an enthusiastic bunch
of kids and they take patrolling very seriously,” Ms. Miller said.
With CAA Manitoba located right
across from the creek, employees are especially motivated to help clean up the
embattled waterway, which is a magnet for litter and debris.
“Every day when you come into work,
you just see the garbage,” Ms. Miller said. “Not only is it an eyesore, but it
weighs down on you mentally.”