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10/15/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Photo: Volunteering to clean up the streets

Alexander Blanco picks up garbage in front of busy Airway Avenue as his partner, Carly Sitton, places trash in the bag. The two Future Business Leaders of America members decided to use a shopping cart - one of six found on surrounding lots - to haul their bag until they could get it to the collection area. They were among about 25 members of the FBLA organization who carried trash grabbers and large black garbage bags to scoop up paper, clothes, bottles, small dead animals and even money Friday as part of its Second Annual Give A Day, where FBLA members perform community service. The students attend Kingman Academy of Learning High School and participate in the organization there. FBLA advisor Nicole Suchowierski said members agreed to collect trash from 9-11 a.m. and visit Help Animals Lives Today (HALT), a nonprofit no-kill animal shelter in Kingman, to socialize the animals. "I think this helps the students become more civic-minded," said Suchowierski, noting that by 10 a.m. Friday, they were well on their way to meeting or surpassing the 30 garbage bags collected last year. "And they get a first-hand look at how much garbage there is in this area."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Article comment by: It Starts At Home

Education - whether good or bad - starts at home. A stranger parked his pickup in front of my house a short while back to presumably make a call and wait for a call back. Meanwhile, his young son opened the passenger door and threw out his trash in front of my gate. We caught the stranger's attention and told him about the trash just thrown. He answered that his son did it, went back to what he was doing, and when finished ... drove off, leaving his son's trash where thrown. I imagine his son will grow up thinking it's ok to throw his trash on other people's property.

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

Glad to see these younger people giving back to the community. The older generation could learn something from these kids.

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: Nay Mama

You gave me a good laugh, I don't know what world you live on, but Walmart is not the problem. It is the people that frequent the store (I, myself go to Walmart). people decide they don't want the bag after all & either leave the bag in the cart, thinking the wind wouldn't blow it out, or thinking they put it in a trash can, when in truth the bag is not put all the way in the can & gets blown out. Then there are the people that open the packaging in the parking lot/car and the wind catches it and it flies out the vehicle, they won't run after it.
And what about Smith's that is right there also. You can not say all trash blowing across Airway is from one business when there are 2 major stores and 3 fast food restaurants.

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: Dannies Joy

@ john g The trash on Airway is not the fault of WalMart. WalMart trash is compacted from inside the store only accessible from inside. The trash in cans in the parking lot are taken to the compactor inside. The bags that fly are from shoppers from Smiths, WalMart and other businesses downwind who open their beer, soda, etc and put in their coolers and let the bags go where they may. WalMart has employees go to the fence in question and clean up the fence line every so often.

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: Dannies Joy

This reminded me of an incident last week at the school bus stop across the street from where I live. I saw a student throw down a wrapper. I told him I saw him throw it down & to pick it up, give it to me & I'd dispose of it. I asked him if he knew he just littered (committed a crime). He said no. I explained to him why he needed NOT to litter & suggested he carry a plastic bag in his backpack to put his trash in until he got to school & dispose of it properly. I also told him there is a fine sometimes up to $1,000 for littering. So people living near school bus stops & schools themselves might just try to educate these young kids. As Maya Angelo said..."It takes a whole village to raise a child."

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: john g

the city of Kingman needs to have Wal-Mart put up a Fence on their side so all of their trash does not blow on airway -the trash is a eye shore . no fence then fine Wal-Mart !

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