Hundreds of kids from around Rockford registered to take part in this year's Earthbeat clean up. After meeting to go over safe cleanup procedure, and get some encouraging words from mayor Morrissey, the kids split up into groups and headed to 42 locations around Rockford. Their goals was not only to pick up trash, but also beautify the city. One group headed to magic waters to get it ready for the summer season.
We're just cleaning, raking up, at Magic Waters before it opens. I've never been to Earthbeat, i just wanted to come, everyone's like hey you should come to Earthbeat, so i decided to come," said Omeiza Suleman, a West Middle School student
The kids are expected to give 5,500 man hours to the city of Rockford, as well as clean up over 32 tons of trash
Meanwhile, across Rockford, adults did their part to clean up the city as well. Miracle Mile Rockford and Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful partnered up to join the city-wide cleanup. Miracle Mile representatives were responsible for cleaning up trash along East State Street, Morsay Drive, and Keith Creek. Trash bags, work gloves, safety vests and tongs were provided to volunteers. Organizers say they hope their actions today get others to continue keeping Rockford clean.
"Its great to see so many people give up their Saturday to come out and help beautify our city and pick up trash that belongs to other irresponsible people," said Paula Olson of Miracle Mile-Rockford.
This is the first year Miracle Mile has partnered up on the effort with Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful.