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Buchtel river cleanup tradition continues

6/12/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photos courtesy of Peggy Busker
NORTH AKRON — Seventeen Buchtel Community Learning Center students participated in a river cleanup project on a recent Saturday. Some of the participants are shown above.

The cleanup was organized by Buchtel environmental science teacher Peggy Busker, who has been working with Akron Enviroscience and Keep Akron Beautiful to offer the twice-yearly event at the Mustill Store at Cascade Locks Metro Park since 2009. The project has grown from having just one student participate in 2009, Busker said.

Over the years, the Buchtel students have pulled out basketballs, footballs, a toilet, a bandstand, car parts (shown at right) and a recliner, according to Busker. Busker and her students also have adopted a part of the Towpath Trail where tires have been dumped, rolling at least 100 tires out of the woods up to the path for proper disposal, according to Busker

The goal of the river cleanups, which last four hours, is to get enough students to see the effect of littering so one day there will not be a need for river cleanup days, Busker said.

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