Photo Credits: Township of North Bergen, Art Schwartz The streets of North Bergen got a bit cleaner recently as students teamed up with the local NBMUA. On Thursday, October 27, seven dedicated members of the North Bergen High School Environmental Club joined the always supportive North Bergen Municipal Utilities Authority and Clean Communities Program to pick up any litter on the sidewalks between 72nd and 79th Streets between Bergenline Avenue and Boulevard East.
According to North Bergen High School Environmental Club co-Moderators Dana Hojnowski and Jennifer Checchio, “The residents there take very good care and pride in their properties, but we enjoyed a beautiful walk admiring the Halloween decorations in great fall weather picking up what we could. We collected about 8 full bags of garbage and recycling. We also labeled the stormwater grates on the corners to educate our community that anything that goes down there winds up in our rivers, specifically the Hudson River, for that particular watershed. Clearing the corner stormwater grates of leaves is important to allow proper rain drainage to avoid flooding.”
Hojnowski and Checchio thanked Superintendent of Schools, Dr. George Solter and Hugo Cabrera, the Board of Education’s Secretary, for supporting the Enviromental Club’s efforts when it comes to community service projects like this. “It is an invaluable experience for our students to build pride in their hometown and to give back to their local community.”