The streets of Castlegar are looking cleaner after a group of high school students collected litter last week.
Members of the Stanley Humphries Secondary School grad class of 2020 noticed that in recent weeks garbage along local roads has been accumulating and decided it was time to do something about it.
The students collected 17 full bages of trash as well as large items like tires and fenders.
Beyond beautifying the city, the project also helped participating class members meet the volunteering component of their graduation requirements. With so many things shut down due to COVID-19, reaching the required 30 hours of volunteer time has been difficult for some students.
Grad class council member Anthony Medeiros organized the event.
Before COVID-19 hit, Medieros was working on a much larger clean-up event that would draw volunteers from around the community. In order to meet social-distancing guidelines the event had to be scaled back.
The students cleaned up the stretch of highway between the Twin Rivers Estates and the entrance to Trowelex. They also cleaned the section of 8th Avenue near the high school.
All of the cans and bottles with deposits collected during the event were sorted by grads and the funds will be given to the Community Harvest Food Bank in Castlegar.