The month of May has been proclaimed as Pick it up Month in Moose Jaw.
© Times-Herald photo by Nathan Liewicki
Surrounded by Riverview Collegiate staff and students and others supporting the campaign, Mayor Deb Higgins signs a proclamation declaring May to be Pick it up Month in Moose Jaw Tuesday.
Mayor Deb Higgins made the official announcement Tuesday in the presence of Coun. Heather Eby, Riverview Collegiate staff and students, and others.
Crystal Froese, director of community relations for Wakamow Valley, was also on hand for the delivery of the mayor’s proclamation.
Froese, along with Eby, started the Pick it Up initiative in 2012.
“We started out in order to beautif-i the city,” Froese told the Times-Herald. “It began in the downtown core and has continued to spread.”
While there are a number of activities related to picking it up throughout May, there is one day that will stand head and shoulders above the rest.
From 8-9 a.m. on May 15, a citywide clean up will take place. There will be garbage bags available for volunteers to snag at city hall to use while picking up garbage on side streets, sidewalks, boulevards and other locations that morning.
Among the volunteers is a group of students from Riverview. James Irving, a teacher at the school, was at city hall Tuesday and said Riverview students have participated in Pick it up Month for last two years.
On May 15, they will be back on the “front lines” picking up trash.
“We’ve organized a community cleanup and one year did a tree planting,” Irving said.
He also noted that students from other South Hill schools – Westmount and Empire – have participated in the past.
“Hopefully we will be able to encourage other schools to join in and clean garbage,” Irving added.
Froese said the idea to beautif-i Moose Jaw has become an increasingly important and necessary thing to do in the city.
“It’s almost as if people are oblivious to garbage when they see it,” she said. “I couldn’t believe how many cigarette butts I picked up last year.”
For more information on Pick it up Month, visit www.facebook.com/Beautif-i-Moose-Jaw.
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