Now is the time to volunteer for this year’s clean-up
BATH: For 10 years now, community volunteers of all ages, “Trashbusters”, have taken to the streets in Bath and Richfield on a Saturday morning in April, rain or shine, to clean the local roadways of litter. This year’s day of Community Project Pride is from 9 a.m.-noon on April 27.
Sponsored by Bath and Richfield townships, Richfield Village, Revere Schools and Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth/Bath-Richfield, Project Pride works because of the involvement of hundreds of volunteers. These families, members of school, businesses, athletic and community organizations and a huge cadre of students are given gloves, trash bags and safety/reflective vests. These Trashbusters are assigned by organizers to neighborhoods or major roadways where they canvas the streets in those areas, picking up litter and clearing tons of paper, cans, plastic and trash from the roadsides of the communities.
Dana Singer of Bath, has spearheaded the local effort for the past 10 years. Why she does it is simple.
“It comes down to pride in how we care for where we live,” SInger said. “When I travel to other places, the amount of litter along the roads speaks volumes about the people who live there. Project Pride gives Bath and Richfield the opportunity to set a higher standard. I want to live someplace beautiful. I’m so encouraged by the hundreds of people who feel the same way.”
Volunteers of all ages do come out by the hundreds each year to help clean up the streets during Project Pride. Students, in particular, are active participants in Community Project Pride every year, Singer said. Some participate to earn community service hours for graduation, others from a committed caring about the environment and a sense of pride in how their community looks. This youthful participation requires a growing need for adult participation to accompany the students under 16, Singer said.
“Community Project Pride is a combined effort involving all members of Bath and Richfield, residents and businesses alike,” Singer explains. “While the Revere Local Schools’ student commitment has been overwhelmingly supportive, the success of Project Pride depends on the cooperative spirit of the community of people living in the area. Participation from every resident, church and business is needed.”
After three short hours, the old adage about many hands making light work comes to fruition. The streets and roadways littered with a year’s worth of debris, look sparkling clean, just in time for spring.
The staging points for this year’s Community Project Pride are Bath Elementary School, 1246 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road, for Bath participants, and Richfield Town Hall, 4410 W. Streetsboro Road, for Richfield residents.
“As an annual event, Project Pride instills a life-long lesson that can positively impact the condition of our landscape,” Singer said. “Everyone benefits at the end of the day.”
Volunteers to be part of Community Project Pride are always needed and gratefully appreciated. Contact Bath at 330-666-4407 or online at www.bathtownship.org <http://www.bathtownship.org" target="_blank">http://www.bathtownship.org> or Richfield at 330-659-5818 or www.richfieldvillageohio.org <http://www.richfieldvillageohio.org" target="_blank">http://www.richfieldvillageohio.org>.