A volunteer cleanup, organized by Abington Heights High School ninth grade student Ellie Sullum, was held at Hillside Park in South Abington Township April 28.
Helping were students from the Abington Heights National Honor Society, BBYO (a worldwide Jewish youth organization), and Scranton Preparatory School: Josie LaCoe, Courtney McCreary, Ethan Kreinces, Ellie Sullum, Lucas Ortiz, Andy Fiegelman, Casey Friedman, Jarret Rinkunas, Murray Fallk, Becky Fallk, Aaron Brooks, Maanasa Boini, Rachel Pollack, Brad Smertz and Maya Sullum.
Jennifer Wynn, volunteer coordinator for the park, said the students worked on an area which was in dire need of cleanup.
“It was a collaborative effort,” Wynn said, “with many of the students staying three hours and working very hard…Their results were beautiful.”
“During those three hours,” Sullum said, “we cleaned up the park by clearing the stairway to the football/soccer field of any trash and weeds, we cleared dead weeds throughout the park and picked up trash throughout the entire area.”
Wynn said volunteers at the park are always needed and appreciated, and anyone interested in helping out can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sullum encouraged others to volunteer, saying, “My group decided to help clean up Hillside Park because we saw it could use some care and wanted to give back to the community, because it’s a way of saying thank you for what the community has given to you.”