The Elmont School District’s Dads’ Service Club arranged a neighborhood-wide cleanup on April 20 in honor of Earth Day. The event featured students, parents, staff and community members in an effort to beautify the town in as many ways as they could.
Michael Jaime, president of the Board of Education and Dads’ Service Club, said that the event is productive in that it not only cleans up the town but also brings folks together.
“Each year, we do this to celebrate Earth Day on a local level,” Jaime said. “Thanks to the help of many dedicated individuals, we organize the dads and students to jointly help make Elmont a better place to live.
Dads’ Service Club members were also joined by students from the student councils at the district’s schools and members of the Elmont Memorial High School Key Club. Families cleaned up the local streets together to demonstrate unity, as well as to help preserve a clean community and planet. The area along Hempstead Turnpike near Elmont Road was completely cleaned within a few hours and set an example for local residents and businesses to do their part in helping to keep the community clean and safe.
“The children learned a valuable lesson here,” Dennis L. Cowan, assistant to the principal at Gotham Avenue School, said. “How we improve our community on a local level translates into a cleaner nation and world. Let’s hope this cleanup fever spreads to other local communities.”