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West Freshmen Chip In with ‘Project Cleanup’

April 12, 2013 08:40 AM
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Hillside, IL...Friday, April 5, was a day off for students and most teachers throughout Proviso Township High Schools District 209.

However, for five members of the Class of 2016 student council at Proviso West High School, it was a day of service, as they cleaned up areas around their campus in Hillside as part of "Project Cleanup." It is a national event in which nonprofit groups could win up to $5,000 for cleaning a particularly distressed area.

Ms. Diane Kalkowski, a Proviso West special education teacher and the faculty sponsor for the Class of 2016, said that they had to send in a before- and after-photo to illustrate the work that they had completed.

"It’s a contest," she said. "They’re going to pick a picture (of a messy area) and someone’s going to win $5,000. We’re hoping today to get two good shots."

CleanUpHood2-smThe possible $5,000 prize is among the many fundraisers in which the freshman class student council has been participating this year. Ms. Kalkowski said that throughout the year, they have sold snacks and other goods such as raffle tickets before school and at football and basketball games. This is all in the hopes of raising money for future events such as prom.
 
At the same time, the students also hope to make an impact on the environment around the Proviso West High School campus. They picked up trash along Harrison Street as well as nearby Madison Street. Ms. Kalkowski said that they are working with the Hillside Public Works Department to "adopt" a street where they would be responsible for keeping clean of trash and other debris.

CleanUpHood3-sm"I think it’s worth it," said Noale Peacock, a student and member of the Class of 2016 student council.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that it was admirable the class council was working to improve their funds and the environment.

"These students have shown what dedication and hard work looks like," she said. "With the work ethic they have shown, I have no doubt that they will accomplish the goals they seek."
 
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