Communities across the Valley celebrated Earth Day Saturday by getting down and dirty. Volunteers spent the day cleaning up around their neighborhoods.
Each year, Earth Day events coincide with the nation-wide Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup. It is the nation’s largest annual community improvement program with more than 4 million volunteers pitching in each year.
In Liberty Township residents Steve Stoyak and Daniel Short picked up trash scattered along Logan Way near Tibbetts Wick Road Saturday. The guys are just a couple of the volunteers that came out to help for Liberty’s 18th Annual Community Litter Cleanup.
“I think it’s a good thing for the township,” said Stoyak. “A good thing for the area.”
Liberty Township Trustee Jodi Stoyak has participated in the event for the past 18 years and believed it’s every citizen’s duty to help keep our communities clean.
“It’s been a passion of mine to work for my community and clean my community,” said Stoyak. “I believe that having a clean community instills pride.”
In Youngstown, Ursuline High School students spent the day sprucing up the Beatitude House.
“We wanted to do something to give back to the community, to help out,” said volunteer Diamond McElroy.
Cleanups will continue throughout the Valley Sunday in celebration of Earth Day.