Hundreds of cheering first- and second-grade students were initiated into the 2017 Class of Litter Marshals in the Rocketship Southside Community Prep gymnasium. With their right hand raised, students pledged, “I promise to do my part to make and keep Milwaukee litter free… Litter bugs me! Stop it! Don’t drop it!”
After they made the pledge, students received stickers and a certificate from Alderman Robert G. Donovan and Milwaukee Police Department Captain Heather Wurth.
Joe Wilson, executive director of Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful Inc., initiated the program with the intent of getting youth involved in their community.
“My biggest objective with this program was making sure these kids grow up protecting the environment and doing good things for their community,” Wilson said. “A lot of the time, crime is caused from kids having nothing to do, so I’m hopeful this initiative will help reduce negative activity.”
Donovan thanked the students for their participation and said he was optimistic the program would benefit the community. “I need your help,” Donovan said to the students. “We need to make our city clean and it won’t happen unless I have you guys right beside me!”