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TUSD students strive to clean up the community

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It’s time to bust out the gloves and garbage bags. That’s exactly what the kids at Mission View Elementary have been doing, which has earned them the title of a “Litter-free school.”

They’re now challenging the entire community to do the same to make Tucson a safe and litter-free city.

Jorge Parra said, “Lots of people throw trash on the floor and they don't want to pick it up."

Tucson Clean and Beautiful, a non-profit environmental organization, spearheaded the “Best Day Ever Kids Cleanup Challenge,” in an effort to bring awareness of the issue litter.

B.J. Cordova, membership coordinator with Tucson Clean and Beautiful, said, "The entire Tucson area does have challenges with litter, although we like to think of ourselves as being a very clean and beautiful community and so this is the opportunity for people to really be able to make a difference right where they live work and play as well as study."

Cordova said one of the major obstacles to ensuring clean schools is a lack of resources.

 “We do need staff resources for maintenance on our campuses for both the indoors and the outdoors, although I think the staff that are here do a great job when they can. But it really is a challenge that we need additional resources for those cleanup efforts.

Students at Mission View Elementary slip on some gloves grab a trash bag and head outside, helping create a spotless and safe community.

Fifth-grader Litsy Meza said, “The kids that come to school walking they see trash all over the ground."

Parra said, “Mostly the trash is kind of infected or maybe can hurt them so we just want to pick it up and throw it in the trash."

These students hope to send a message to everyone in the Tucson area.

Fifth-grader Daniella Leon said, “This one is to everybody, not just the kids in school, that when you see something, pick it up, because you don't know if it's something bad or something good."

Meza said, “Even if the trash isn't theirs, they should pick up the trash because it doesn't just help them it helps all the community."

Tucson Clean and Beautiful also visited Hollinger K-8 and Ochoa Community Magnet School. Both schools received high marks for their level of cleanliness.

To learn more about Tucson Clean and Beautiful, visit https://tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org/

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