by Sydney King, Staff Reporter, Assistant Photographer

McEachern High School joined the Powder Springs community to celebrate Earth Day by volunteering to pick up liter along major community roadways. Volunteers met up at the First Baptist Church parking lot in downtown for Pick It Up Powder Springs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Apr. 23.

“We wanted to work together to provide an Earth Day event that helped our community road sides get cleaned up, give our students the opportunity for community service hours and to have fun while doing something for our community,” clerk Jacqueline Schilling said

Clubs and organizations participating included Health Occupations Students of America(HOSA), AP Environmental Science students, National Honor Society, BETA Club, Student Council, McEachern United Methodist Church, Tri-M, and Chick-fil-a Leader Academy and football team members.

Pick It Up Powder Springs covered a distance of 15 miles, with 91 people picking up liter. The clean up began on the corner of Macedonia Road., moved along New Macland Road. While other groups covered cleanup on New Macland, Macedonia, Old Lost Mountain, Old Villa Rica, Forest Hill, Glenn, Meek and Steading Roads, as well as parts of Richard D. Sailors Pkwy.

“The Pick It Up event helps our community as well as school spirit,” administrator Christi Osborne said. “With all the clubs and organizations helping out to beautify our community, it shows that we care.

Eighty-eight McEachern students, five McEachern staff, two parents and six McEachern United Methodist Church members participated, picking up 98 bags of trash.

“By me volunteering, it makes me feel like a good citizen in my city, and I’m just so excited to see the difference that we can make in the society,” junior Tyliv Bonaparte said.