A group of Red Deer children helped clean up Vanier Woods before heading back to school.
In the final days of the summer, eight children from a day home owned by Asma Muneer walked around the neighbourhood with garbage bags, picking up trash.
“One day we were walking and we saw lots of garbage. Then I decided tomorrow we’ll clean up the neighbourhood. It’s important to keep them busy with different activities,” Muneer said Thursday.
Muneer said the children had a great time.
“I was a little worried they’d get tired or something, but was so surprised that they were so happy. When they were done they were very excited about all they did.”
At one point during the cleanup, a city garbage truck pulled over to see what the kids were doing.
“He was behind us and saw we were cleaning. He beeped the horn and everybody stopped. He said hi and offered to take their picture with the truck,” said Muneer.
Parents were thrilled to find out the kids helped clean up garbage, said Muneer.
“Some kids live in another neighbourhood, from Inglewood. Now they want us to go there and clean their neighbourhood.”
Muneer said they may clean another neighbourhood next summer.