Students pitch in at Bensonhurst cleanup

Raking it in: Alyssa Lau helped spruce up Bath Beach for spring on Saturday as she participated in a neighborhood cleanup sponsored by Assemblyman Bill Colton.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Cleaning up Brooklyn was all in a day’s work.

More than 100 youngsters joined Assemblyman William Colton (D–Bensonhurst) on April 21 to sweep up 86th Street between 18th and 23rd avenues, and remove garbage from a trash-strewn stretch of 18th Avenue between Bath Avenue and 82nd Street.

Students from several neighborhood groups, including the Midwood High School Environmental Club, Youth Action Team, Our Lady of Grace Boy Scouts Troup, and United Chinese Association of Brooklyn pitched in to help Colton beautify the neighborhood.

“I continue to be proud and amazed by the commitment of our neighborhood’s young people,” said Colton, who’s organized similar cleanups on Kings Highway and Avenue U. “They understand that keeping our neighborhood clean keeps our quality of life great.”

The city supplied shovels, rakes and gloves to participants who sacrificed their Saturday morning to scoop up cigarette butts, bottles, plastic wrappers and other debris from bus stops and gutters.

“That’s what happens when people litter,” said Steve Chung, the president of the United Chinese Association.

“The kids learned that if you don’t get together and clean up you end up living in a dirty environment. Nobody wants that.”

Reach reporter Daniel Bush at dbush@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow him at twitter.com/dan_bush.

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