Ardmore residents clean up city in semi-annual trash pick up event
Armed with garbage bags and trash grabbers, dozens of Ardmore residents went throughout the city cleaning up litter as part of the semi-annual Dash 4 Trash event, hosted by the Ardmore Clean Team.
Sonya Graysneck, Cub Scout Pack 35 den leader, picked up trash along Rockford Road with her son, 8-year-old Benjamin, and nephew, 9-year-old Marcus.
"It's great for them to participate in the community service project," Sonya said. "It's just great to be able to help participate in a larger group effort to clean up Ardmore."
The scouts earned a community service achievement, a rewarding experience in more ways than one.
Benjamin found a $20 bill while cleaning up the side of the street.
"I was just surprised when I found it," Benjamin said. "I don't know what I'm going to use it for."
The scouts said they participated in the first Dash 4 Trash event in October, on a rainy and cold day.
"I felt like my fingers were going to freeze," Benjamin said.
"My shoes got soaked because I accidentally stepped in a big puddle," Marcus said.
However, the scouts and their leaders plan on returning for future events.
"And it's a great opportunity for us to just spend time together on a nice day like today, where we don't have to worry about rain or wind or cold," Sonya said.
Phillip Capshaw said Ardmore Clean Team does have the goal of creating good habits with kids getting them to not litter and take care of their community.
"We've got to get it where people aren't littering in the first place, to just not litter," Capshaw said. "If you pick up just three pieces a day, we say, you'll make a huge, profound difference in our town."
40 people picked up around 150 total bags of trash in Ardmore and Lone Grove.
"I think it's just a really rewarding experience for all of us," Sonya said.