Students give back to community
Ronan police officers followed several groups of high school students around town last week.
The Ronan High School students were on a mission to rid the town of as much garbage as they could for a few hours after school on Wednesday, April 12, to coincide with Earth Day. They filled garbage bags with old paper cups, plastic bottles, and an occasional shoe.
The police department provided an escort to help keep the kids safe, especially down U.S. Highway 93 in town where three officers had their lights on to slow traffic while the kids crossed the streets and picked up garbage.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Brian Hines also assisted with the project, and the City of Ronan provided trucks to haul off the bagged garbage.
Ronan Athletic Director Lucky Larson organized the event. He said the clean up crew included students and coaches involved in different sports and activities including softball, track, football, tennis, and Health Occupations Students of America, and the robotics club.
“We wanted to do this to give back to the community for their support,” he said.
Crews were divided into several groups of seven to nine students chaperoned by at least one coach and one officer.
“Safety was our number one priority,” Larson said. “We needed all the coaches and the assistant coaches to help supervise.”
High school junior Taylor Tobol said it was important to give back to the community and to make the town look good when competing schools travel to the area for sporting events. “We want to make sure the town looks nice,” she said.
Skye Chandler, sophomore, said cleaning up the town was also good for the environment. Jack Noland said it was important to be productive, get things done, and give back to the community.
The two pizza places in town, Pizza Café and Stageline Pizza, provided dinner for the crews when the project was finished.