Local Schoolchildren Celebrate Earth Day by Cleaning Up

The April 22 celebration of Earth Day encourages hundreds of local school children to participate in clean­ up and beautification projects this month.

Students from schools in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills will participate in as many as 40 projects, beginning this weekend. The projects range from trash pickup along trails and at parks to plantings at school campuses.

Event organizer Chris Vargas said the Earth Day cleanup event is in its fourth year. This year, supporters opened the community service project to all schools. The activities run through May 1.

Vargas said members of the local Earth Day Committee began the first project in 2006, involving 180 students at Bullis Charter School.

The number expanded in 2007 to 240 children at Bullis and Pinewood schools.

Last year, participation increased when 300 children from Bullis, Pinewood and St. Nicholas schools combined for the cleanup.

Vargas anticipates as many as 500 students participating this year.

Vargas encourages school parents to urge their principals or Green Committee to contact Earth Day Committee members for information on registering for the cleanup and pickup campaign.