On Earth Day, honks of support for garbage-collecting Surrey students (photos)

On Earth Day, honks of support for garbage-collecting Surrey students (photos)

NEWTON — How are you spending Earth Day?

Today (April 22), students at St. Bernadette Elementary in Newton cleaned the surrounding neighbourhood, a school-wide effort organized by Grade 4 kids (shown in group photo in front of the school).

"The 4 garbage bags in the photo is all the garbage that was collected between the streets of 64th and 68th Ave, and 132nd and 130th street!" wrote school principal Michael van der Pauw, who emailed the Now some photos.

"We did over an hour of cleaning, and the students did not want to stop! We had neighbours come out to thank us and cars were giving honks of support as we cleaned up. The RCMP also patrolled the area to ensure student safety prior to us heading out. The students were so excited to be apart of this event."

Everyone came back in great spirits, he added.

"It gave us the opportunity to give back to the community and to demonstrate that we value our neighbourhood."