Letter: Keep Green Up Day alive

Editor of the Reformer:

Green Up Day is today. More than 22,000 people in Vermont will participate in Green Up Day. And that's just the people who signed up. Many, including myself, just go out and clean up their community without signing up. It's a great thing to do if you want to help clean up your town.

The history of Green Up Day goes all the way back to 1970, when Governor Deane Davis first started it. Back then, the roads were full of litter. Every street had cans, plastic bags, and other types of trash. So Governor Davis started Green Up Day. Thousands of people would parade down the streets and pick up every piece of litter they saw. Now every community in Vermont is part of Green Up Day, and it has become one of the most beneficial holidays in Vermont.

Green Up Day has changed a lot over the years. Instead of being organized by the state, a non-profit organization has taken on the responsibility to keep this tradition alive. Every year they provide over 50,000 Green Up Day bags that you can get free! This organization is trying to keep Green Up Day alive.

It is also very important to participate in Green Up Day. It is a great thing to do for your community. Although some people think that cleaning litter off the road is a waste of time, it wouldn't be if everyone helped. If all 625,000 people that lived in Vermont helped, it would be great! Even if everyone just picked up one piece of trash. It would bring Vermont one step closer to being a green state.

Even if you just go for a walk to get some exercise, bring a bag. (Not plastic, of course.) Just pick up a few pieces of trash. All you have to do is spend one small part of your day picking up litter and it will benefit your town.

Will Hill,

Academy School, Fifth Grade, May 5


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