On Sat. Feb. 23rd, approximately 20 brave teens from local high schools and a dozen adults took part in Pan De Vida’s annual Community Cleanup along Hunt Highway. The chill of the early morning didn’t stop the volunteers as they cleared trash from both sides of Hunt from Wild Horse to Skyline.
Organizer and Pan De Vida Foundation President Mary Gloria said the volunteers are an essential part of the annual clean up and that Poston Butte High School had the highest number of student volunteers this year. The students will all receive community service credits for their help with the effort.
Gloria also stated that “Each year we clean this stretch of road and we have some really great volunteers. I am so thankful and appreciative of all the volunteers and teens who came out to help show community spirit and pride.”
While volunteers picked up many bags of trash, Mary Gloria believes that people are not littering as much as in the past, which is a good thing for the community. “I think people are more becoming more conscious about our community and are trying harder not to litter,” she said. “They also see all these kids out here volunteering their time and maybe that also encourages them not to litter. Either way, we are glad to make a positive impact and will continue to do as much as we can to involve, educate and be a positive influence in the community.”
For more information on Pan De Vida programs and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.pandevidaaz.org or call 480-987-0819.