Students from Anita White Carson Middle School spent several hours on Thursday morning cleaning up Oak Street in Greensboro. The street was littered with old tires, bottles, abandoned toys and other debris.
The ten students who participated in Thursday’s Clean-Up are part of the Succeed Through Service program. Succeed Through Service is a partnership between The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation and Carson Middle that focuses on preparing children for college, work, and life. The program inspires the children to embrace concepts such as hard work, commitment and a positive attitude. The Oak Street Clean-Up allowed students to engage in service learning project that introduced the students to the importance of giving back to their community.
The students, along with several of the ladies and gentlemen from The Ritz Carlton Lodge, donned yellow safety vests and work gloves. The group collected more than 80 bags of trash, two dozen tires, and even found surprising items such as a basketball, football, and discarded children’s toys.
The Oak Street Clean-Up is a part of a larger effort by the Greensboro Community Housing Team to improve Greensboro’s residential areas. The Community Housing Team was formed last year to address housing challenges within the city. One such challenge is the accumulation of litter and debris along residential streets.
“We were thrilled to have the Carson Middle Succeed Through Service students clean up Oak Street,” says Greensboro’s Better Hometown Director and Community Housing Team Member, Cail Hammons. “The staff from The Ritz-Carlton Lodge was an excellent example for the students in giving back to your community.”
Greensboro’s Community Housing Team hopes to schedule additional clean-up activities in the coming months. Any club, volunteer group, or community organization interested in conducting a clean-up should contact Greensboro Better Hometown Director, Cail Hammons at (706) 453-7674. For more information about Greensboro’s Community Housing program visit www.greensborocommunityhousing.com.