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Thirty years of keeping Altona clean

Lori Penner

Staff and students of West Park School in Altona held their 30th annual Cleanathon on May 7, raising pledges and cleaning up the community, to raise funds for Blue Sky Opportunities.

Staff and students of West Park School in Altona held their 30th annual Cleanathon on May 7, raising pledges and cleaning up the community, to raise funds for Blue Sky Opportunities.

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Staff and students of École West Park School held their 30th annual Cleanathon on May 7.
In the last three decades, the event has raised an incredible total of $384,142.
This year’s event added another $23,000 to that amount.
The Cleanathon has Grade 4-6 students raise pledges and for one day, collect garbage from the streets and parks in Altona.
The funds raised at the Cleanathon have always supported Blue Sky Opportunities, and the clients that they support.
This year’s profits will go towards a walking/biking path that will run between the existing building and the new recycling plant. Blue Sky General Manager Richard Neufeld says with over 200 trucks coming and going along that road to Bunge, it could become a potential hazard for clients going to and from the plant every day.
“Especially now as the weather gets warmer and as the traffic increases, it’s important to provide a safer way for our clients to get to work.”
Neufeld says he’s always blown away by how much the Cleanathon raises every year.
“It’s incredible to me to see such full support from the school and the community. We are constantly deemed as one of the cleanest towns in the region, and that is partially because of the efforts of all these students.” Neufeld says there is a legacy value here as well.
“The kids from the original group all those years ago are in their forties now. Maybe participating in this event planted a seed for responsibility and pride in their community. We are seeing less and less garbage every year, and maybe this has a lot to do with that.”