By Celeste Clark
Raymond Coalition for Youth
---- — RAYMOND — Spring is finally here! The trees are blooming, the sun is shining and we can finally put our winter coats away. The snow is gone but now we can see all the liter and trash from our long winter and the Raymond Coalition for Youth is partnering with Raymond Public Works to once again sponsor Operation Raymond Clean Up.
This event has been held for the past several years and is always a great way to engage our Youth and Community together in “Taking Pride in Raymond” and cleaning up the streets and neighborhoods we live and work in.
This event was designed by a group of middle school students who wanted the town to be clean so people would know it is a nice community. They designed the day for groups of youth would go out on the school grounds and up and down Epping Street with adult chaperones to clean up the trash and plant flowers to pretty things up for a fresh start to spring.
The past couple of years we have partnered with Breathe NH to include a tobacco awareness piece and raise awareness to the number of cigarette butts that are discarded on our streets and sidewalks. A brief educational piece is done on the impact these butts have on our environment to raise awareness that tobacco not only affects those who smoke but others in the community as well.
Every year this event is a success and every year and we hear wonderful feedback from those in the community that appreciate the pride our youth take in our community. We are hoping other groups, businesses and individuals will participate again this year. This is a great opportunity for adult to set a positive example and show the youth that others in the community care about how things look too.
If you are interested in volunteering for the day or want to support the effort by cleaning your neighborhood or a section of town please let us know. We are looking forward to another success and the more people that are involved the better.
Bags are available at the Town Hall or by contacting the Raymond Coalition for Youth office at 895-4735 x 137 or email@example.com. Our students will be out on the streets with gloves, bags and bright orange shirts on Tues., May 7, with a rain date of May 9.
If you do participate please share any pictures you take. Our RCFY Facebook page will proudly display pictures that are submitted.