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Sep 8, 2000

Students work to clean up highways

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Celebrations in Belize tend to bring out the best in our people and this week was no exception. This morning I traveled out of town and discovered the true meaning of good citizenship.

Jacqueline Woods, Reporting

Today both the Western and Northern highways were busy not only with traffic, but high school students were out in force cleaning up our roadways.

Michelle Turton, Teacher, Palotti High school

“We had received a letter from the mayor requesting that we participate and we volunteered to come out here and help, so that’s what we are doing. We started off this morning at nine. We left from the Haulover Bridge and we’ve been walking down from here until we reach the city, cleaning up the sides of the highway.”

The cleanup campaign is a joint effort between the Belize City Council and the Ministry of Education.

Paco Smith, P.R, Belize City Council

“Apart from all the celebrations and the hoopla, we have to take into consideration that being an independent nation, comes the responsibility of civic pride and that’s the primary reason why we did it at this time. It’s important to instill within our youth that we must have civic pride, we must take care of our environment.”

…And the students did not seem to mind the heat of the day nor getting their hands little bit dirty.

Marina Pacheco, Student

“Well to me, I think Belize always should look beautiful, so I had decide to come and help so that especially when the tourists come they don’t have to see all the dirt on the streets, so I think it was a good opportunity to come and help.”

Jacqueline Woods

“Were you surprised at the amount of litter you’ve been picking up?”

Marina Pacheco

“I was very surprised, cause when you’re going up you don’t see that much, but when you start to pick them up, you say wow!”

Courtley Gillett, Student

“Well I decided to come out because I feel that we should have civic pride and take part in cleaning our country. There is the slogan Keep Belize Litter Free or something like that, but some people really don’t take that seriously and I think that we should all take that seriously and try to clean up our own country.”

Elena Usher, Student

“Well its really depressing to see that we have people out here volunteering from school, giving up our school time. I’m a senior, so it’s really important for me to be in school, but seeing all the dirt along the highway. It’s really discouraging to see Belizeans treating Belize, a very precious jewel like this you know.”

The general public is asked to follow the students example and do its part and help keep Belize clean.

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