On Saturday, April 25th, eighteen people, including seven kids, met at Lewis Park in Syracuse to clean up trash and leaves. It was a beautiful day, and we enjoyed two sunny hours raking and cleaning up while the kids picked up litter and played on the playground. In the end, we had 23 bags of litter and leaves, and the park was noticeably tidier, ready for Little League season, which starts next week.
The event was part of both the City of Syracuse's Clean up 'Cuse Day and a county-wide Earth Day Litter Cleanup. For us, it was also an early celebration of the Week of Action, happening April 30-May 6 this year. The Week of Action takes place during the week leading up to the National Day of Prayer/National Day of Reason. On the Foundation Beyond Belief's webite, it's described as "a way to come together regardless of beliefs to benefit our communities. Whether you observe National Day of Prayer or National Day of Reason, spend the last week of April acting."
We want to thank everyone who came as well as the friendly and helpful people in the Parks Department who found us a great, family-friendly spot and provided all the tools we needed for the job. It felt good to help our community and the earth, and to do some good for goodness' sake!
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