Clean-up Crew Went to Town

The Aldergrove Star - June 18, 2008

They went to town - and they cleaned it up.

A group of Aldergrove teenagers teamed up with the Township of Langley, the RCMP, and Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services to show their community pride by volunteering to spend time after school picking up garbage and covering over graffiti.

The clean-up was held on June 10, and 19 students involved in Aldergrove Community Secondary School's environmental group and Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services after-school program donned gloves and grabbed garbage bags to help beautify local streets and parks in downtown Aldergrove. They were joined by Township of Langley Mayor Kurt Alberts, Councillor Howie Vickberg, and Councillor Charlie Fox, who is also known to the students as their former principal.

"The enthusiasm shown by these students was contagious," said Alberts. "It's always nice to see young people who are concerned about the world around them, and are willing to work to make it a better place."

The project was organized by the Aldergrove Community Police Office and Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services Youth workers at ACSS and Shortreed Community Elementary Schools. They knew that local students were eager to get involved in an event that would benefit their community and the environment, and wanted a partner in a project that would allow them to get involved.

The CPO and ANS contacted Fox - who is also a member of the Aldergrove Rotary Club, which has been partnering with the Aldergrove CPO to do graffiti paint-overs - as well as Melinda Yong of the Township of Langley's Adopt-A-Program.