By SHERIDAN CYR
The Southington Rotary Club will host an Earth Day clean-up activity and invites the community to partake in a town-wide initiative.
On Saturday, April 21, Rotarians will be joining volunteers at the Town Green for registration beginning at 9 a.m., and the clean-up activities will continue until noon.
“We are inviting anyone who wants to come out and help clean our town,” said service projects co-chair Kelly Leppard. “We are hoping for good weather, and a great event.”
The club collaborated with the town’s highway department to determine several areas around town that are in need of clean-up, including certain stretches along Meriden Avenue, downtown Southington and Plantsville, the commuter parking lot near the Alzheimer’s center and Sliders Grill & Bar in Plantsville, around Crescent Lake, along the rail trail, and other locations in town.
Rotarians will provide each individual with gloves, a traffic vest, and garbage bags, and volunteers will embark in groups to their assigned location. Volunteers and rotary club members will pick up trash, then return the trash bags to Rotarians at the Town Green. All who volunteer their time will receive a tree sapling, donated by HQ Dumpsters & Recycling.
“We can all celebrate Earth Day in our community by doing something for our environment,” Leppard said.
The event is open to all ages. Families with young children will not be assigned to high-traffic locations.
The Rotary Club is a worldwide community of more than 1.2 million volunteers. There are over 34,000 Rotary clubs globally, following their mission statement “to provide an environment of fellowship and development whereby individual members have an opportunity to meaningfully participate as a group to serve the needs of our local community, our country and the world.
Southington’s Rotary Club meets on Wednesdays, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., at Back 9 Tavern, 150 Savage St.
For more information about the Southington Rotary Club, visit www.southingtonrotary.org