Soldiers and Schools Clean Together in Israel's South .
(photo credit: kkl)
Pupils from four local schools and soldiers from IDF Scout Battalion 585 were among those who made their way to Azrieli Park, in the very heart of the city of Sderot, to take part in Cleanup Day, an event that not only served a most useful purpose but also helped to bring people together. Members of KKL-JNF staff who had worked long and hard to organize the agenda for Cleanup Day in the south were there to welcome the participants and guide the youngsters through the variety of events on offer at the various activity stations.
One of these stations consisted of an enormous snakes and ladders board where landing on a ladder gave youngsters the opportunity to perform a task or answer a question such as “How do trees help to prevent air pollution?” or “When was the first forest planted in Israel?” The children greatly enjoyed these activities and displayed an impressive level of knowledge. At the same time, a successful cleanup campaign was also underway in the area. The schoolchildren and soldiers, dressed in special shirts, hats and gloves and equipped with garbage bags supplied for the occasion by KKL-JNF, devoted their energies to cleaning up the park, all working together with a smile on their faces.
Youngsters from Sderot’s Gil Rabin School said of the day’s experiences: “We’re cleaning up the city so as to protect the environment. At school, too, we’ve got a green council and we take part in activities on recycling issues.” They added that they were doing their best to pass this message on to their relatives and friends, and that they took care to respect the environment outside school, too.
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