The week of Feb. 1-5 was Catholic Schools Week and the Grade 7 students at Queen of Angels Catholic School wanted to celebrate by doing something good for both their neighbours and for the environment.
During the afternoon of Feb. 4, the Q of A Grade 7s masked up, put on plastic gloves and walked up and down Maple Bay and Tzouhalem roads picking up garbage that had been left behind to rot and poison the vegetation that grows on either side of the road.
“It was truly amazing to see how serious the students took to this activity and how much garbage that they were able to collect in just over an hour-and-half walk,” said Nick Zuback, one of the Grade 7 teachers.
When asked by her teacher what she thought of the activity, Ayla Pilon said, “I couldn’t believe the amount of garbage that was dumped by people, but it felt really good to help clean up our community.”
There were honks and waves aplenty as drivers applauded the students’ efforts to keep the area clean and tidy for not just their human neighbours, but for the environment and all of its inhabitants.
Most importantly, said Zuback, they were left with a positive memory of giving back to society.
Zuback quoted American inspirational writer Anthony J. D’Angelo, saying, “‘Without a sense of caring there can be no sense of community.’”