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Volunteers Cleanup Erie in "Days of Caring"

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Kids clean up wetlands behind Jonna Connell Kids clean up wetlands behind Jonna Connell
United Way's"Days of Caring" are underway and groups of volunteers all across Erie are making an effort to clean up the city.

The Eagles neighborhood watch group of Erie's east side distributed supplies on Saturday morning to about a dozen volunteers.

They cleaned up from 11th to 7th Streets, between Parade and Wayne, recruiting neighborhood residents to join their efforts as the cleanup went on.

 "A neighborhood is about our citizens, it's about our families, and it's about our children," said Steven Simmelkjaer, coordinator of the neighborhood watch group. "It's about us coming together and helping to keep our neighborhoods safe, and one of the most important things is you've got to keep your neighborhood clean," he said.

Across town, volunteers worked on cleaning up the wetlands behind the JoAnna Connell School.

Gannon University, area Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and students and staff from JoAnna Connell joined in on the multi-year effort.

The end goal is to have the wetlands clean enough to use as an outdoor classroom.

 "All the garbage from the Tops parking lot blows right into the woods area. So there's a lot of really little things and some big things, I found a tire," said Jackie Curtz, a Gannon student. "So much of this is not intentional. I think as long as everyone is a little more environmentally aware, it would help out a lot."

Hundreds pitched in that cleanup effort. Happi 92.7 radio station played music live from the cleanup site to help keep the volunteers going.

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