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Kirkwood students help clean up city

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A community-wide clean-up in Kirkwood took place this weekend. (Credit: KMOV) A community-wide clean-up in Kirkwood took place this weekend. (Credit: KMOV)

The City of Kirkwood looks a little bit cleaner now. Students, businesses and organizations took park in a community-wide clean-up this weekend.

Students at North Kirkwood Middle School are leading the effort.

"I don't think they know the major consequence of litter," said Aidan Coleman, a 7th grader who helped promote the event. "They just think it will stay there and it's not going to do any harm."

But Aidan knows litter, including cigarette butts and plastic, can harm the environment.

"I think it's really exciting we have young people doing this. It's their idea. It's their project. It's their future," said Mary Fitzgerald, a Green Schools Quest mentor.

Some of the young people helping pick up trash Saturday belong to Cub Scout Pack 325 from George R Robinson Elementary.

With trash bags, donated by the City of Kirkwood, in hand, the group meticulously cleaned sidewalks around town.

Organizers say the work is also an important life lesson for the kids.

"That that they can have an impact on their environment and it's just as simple as picking up trash," said Fitzgerald.

The community wide effort continues Sunday. School board members are inviting the community to join them at noon at Meacham Park. You can also pick up a trash bag to help clean up at the Kirkwood Train Station from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday.

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