On May 3rd, 2018, The Harrington Park Environmental Commission (EC) with the help of Bergen County Clean Communities, hosted a cleanup at the Harrington Park School from 12:30-3:30 pm.
Each year the graduating 8th grade of Harrington Park School does various volunteer actions in connection with a program at the school known as Project Pride. As part of this year’s Project Pride, the class of 74 students conducted a cleanup up of the School property and surrounding wooded area known as George Street Park, which consists of both town and School property.
The afternoon began with the students eating lunch in the school courtyard while EC Vice Chair Theresa Napoletano Hazelton spoke about the importance of proper waste disposal, recycling and its effects on the environment. She went on to explain the roles of the HP Green Team and EC and how they work to develop strategies to reduce our impact, as a community, on the environment. The students were encouraged to join the Green Team as there is no minimum age. Also in attendance were EC members Peter Ardito and Anne Lander.
After lunch the students were grouped off and assigned areas of the property to canvas for trash pick up. The students collected and separated waste from recyclables. A significant amount of waste was collected.
The afternoon culminated with an ice cream truck for the kids to celebrate their hard work on this 90 degree day!