Green Up Day arrives Saturday

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POWNAL — This year, Green Up Day comes on Saturday, May 30, rain or shine, and Pownal is participating on a scaled-back basis. How scaled back is up to participants.

In spite of COVID-19, organizers are hoping to carry on Vermont`s neighborly tradition, now in its 50th year. "What better way to teach your children stewardship and civic responsibility than by cleaning up along your nearest roadsides to let VT's beauty shine through? No lesson plan needed; just hand them a green bag," organizer Pownal Proud said in a media release.

Lucky volunteers may find a tiny, hand-painted stone house nestled along the roadside. They are also eligible for an ice cream cone voucher donated by Stewart's Shops. The tiny house hunt makes the clean-up more like a scavenger hunt, and the houses are coveted treasures. Watch the Pownal Proud Facebook page for a preview, and a list of clues about where houses might appear — if no one beats you to them. Pownal parents are invited to tell organizers where they'll be working, so that a house can be hidden to find.

Pownal Proud also has a list of road stewards who clean up their own areas on their own schedule when out walking, jogging, or driving. The Pownal Transfer Station accepts roadside finds free of charge. To add your name to the list, sign up at the Pownal Transfer Station or email lowd@blair.edu or megan.randall2@gmail.com.

"The idea is, you're not alone, and it's not futile to keep picking up," Pownal Proud said.

"Today's parents worry that their children hear a constant drumbeat of negative news. There is no better way to counter the bad news than to get outside and get active with your friends and family in making a small but visible change. Remind your children once again that what they do matters. Join us on Green Up Day or any day, 6 feet apart and wearing gloves, but still showing our hearts."

For a full list of participating communities, visit https://greenupvermont.org/.

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