Laurel Plains Elementary School had the past week off from school, but a group of about 25 kindergarteners spent one of their last days of the break at school.
The girls from Daisy Troops 40177 and 40222 spent part of their Saturday morning cleaning up litter around the school as part of the Great American Cleanup, a national effort to improve communities throughout the country. Locally the event is sponsored by Keep Rockland Beautiful.
The girls, and their parents, put on gloves and filled bags with various items littered around the school and on the playgrounds. One of the garbage items some of the cleaners found particularly interesting was an old softball that looked like a dog had partially bitten off the cover. A few in the group compared the day to an egg hunt without the eggs.
Many of the girls ran around looking for garbage to pick up, and a few parents wondered out loud why the kids aren't as excited as when cleaning their own bedrooms.
Plenty of other organizations will hold their own Great American Cleanup events in the next few weeks and are still looking for volunteers. For more information about the cleanup, including a schedule of when others are picking up garbage, click here.