New Immigrants and Children Beautify Tzfat on Clean Up Da.
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Schoolchildren and new immigrants in Tzfat participated in Clean Up Day activities on Monday, 9 September. A special ceremony was held at the Aganim elementary school, and with honored guests KKL-JNF Co-Chairman Eli Aflalo, and Mayor of Tzfat Ilan Shochat.
Undoubtedly, one of the day's high points was the cleanup activities at Tzfat's immigrant absorption center where immigrants from Ethiopia, some of whom had arrived only five days before, were busy cleaning the center grounds. The events at the absorption center were sponsored by JNF USA, and one of the wall murals created by a local artist was dedicated to KKL-JNF's American supporters.
Environmental activism is not a one-day affair at the absorption center, thanks to the "Green Dream" program, which encourages new immigrants throughout the country to care for their surroundings. The project is backed by a number of green organizations in Israel, including KKL-JNF. Sculptures made by the immigrants from recycled materials and other ecological creations are on display throughout the absorption center.
Schoolchildren from the Mamlachti Bet Elementary School were busy cleaning up at KKL-JNF's Blue Valley Park. Blue Valley Park is one of KKL-JNF’s newer creations, and it is situated on the northern outskirts of Tzfat. The park is a small green paradise with small springs, fruit trees, and indigenous Mediterranean flora.
Shilo, Shachar and Ohad, all fifth graders, said that they were ecological all year round. "We recycle bottles, paper, cartons, you name it," said Shilo. "In fact," Ohad added, "we're the ones who teach our parents about taking care of the environment and we get mad at them if they don't listen to us.
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