Montessori students encourage community not to litter following Earth Week clean-up



Main photo: Muskoka Montessori School students picked up litter along Meadow Park Drive as part of an Earth Week activity (from left) Cassis, Kendra, Sophie, Malcolm, Gwynne, Nova, Lauchlyn, outdoor education teacher Jeff Mann, Daphne, Wilson, Leo, Caleb, Tessa, and Ollie,

It was a wet, messy job but students from the Muskoka Montessori School were happy to do their part.

On a cool, rainy afternoon at the end of April, students in grades one through eight picked up trash along Meadow Park Drive, an annual Earth Week activity for the school. Every year they fill bags and bags full of garbage.

Although they were committed to their task, grade four student Daphne Briggs, said, “I don’t think people should put things on the ground because it’s not very nice and then we have to pick it up. Please don’t litter—it’s not good for the Earth.”

Grade five student Lauchlyn Trenholm said that she appreciates that her school makes this effort every year. “I really like it that they do this because it helps the community and even the fish in our lakes,” she said. “It might also damage the lakes and not very many people could enjoy them.”

Among the items students found was plenty of plastic, cigarette butts, candy wrappers and coffee cups. They picked up as much as they could with gloved hands, under the supervision of grade seven and eight students, and outdoor education teacher, Jeff Mann.

In addition to the potential harm the litter can cause, grade six student Caleb Houser also noted that it’s unsightly. “I think it’s bad for our community,” he said. “We don’t want people that come into Huntsville to say, ‘oh, no, this place is trash. I don’t want to live here.’ We want to welcome people to our community and we want to show them how great Huntsville is and we want to make it as litter-free as possible.”

He added that he also makes an effort on his own to keep a pond near his home free of of garbage, “so I can keep those frog breeding areas and salamander breeding areas litter-free so they don’t get morphed into weird five-legged creatures.”

Grade seven student Wilson Trenholm said that the garbage could also be toxic to both animals and people. And he reminded everyone that we only have one planet. Imagine the alternative: “I think it’s important because if we have to move somewhere else it’s going to be a lot of money for our space agencies to get enough ships to get us out of the planet.”

The message: let’s take care of what we have.


They found garbage in some unlikely places

Students scoured the road side to be sure they found all of the garbage (supplied)

Gabriel’s bag of garbage was one of many that students filled to bursting (supplied)

Students (from left) Jillian, Roxy, Ella, Findlay, Gabriel, Emily, Nevian, Luna, Delson, Alice, Ty and Sullivan found lots of plastic and coffee cups that had been tossed aside (supplied)

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  1. Lesley Hastie on

    I commend the students for helping to maintain our beautiful environment. The roadside litter seems to be worse than ever this year.
    To those who throw their waste out of their car or truck window, please go to Canadian Tire and buy one of their inexpensive garbage containers specially made for autos. Put your waste in that and empty it when you get home. Please.

  2. Irena Van Hoof on

    I am getting really sick of all the people dumping their garbage. I see it all over Huntsville. I live on Fowlers Road and every year my friend and I have to pick up bags of cans, bottles and garbage. What is wrong with you that you can’t take your garbage home? Put a bag in your car. It’s that easy. Why do seniors have to work so hard?

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