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Yard Work not School Work 

Wayne Harvey

Students were back in school today after last week’s vacation. Some kids jumped right back into school work.But others in Bangor jumped into yard work as they teamed up with folks from US Cellular for an Earth Day Project.They were handed gloves, garbage bags and rakes, and sent off to the playground, not to play, but to clean up.”Some people are raking, so other people can get to the garbage easier.” said 5th grader Jeremy Slaven.”Our goal is to come out here and partner with some local schools and help in an Earth Day cleanup,” said US Cellular Area Sales Manager Sean Griffith. “And as the kids were out on the official Earth Day last week during school vacation, we decided to come here today and have some of the 4th and 5th graders here at the Fairmount School join us in an effort to clean up the playground and some of the facilities after a long winter”This is the second year US Cellular has gone to the Fairmount School to help clean up for Earth Day.This year about 40 kids were pitching in to make their playground a better place to play.”We just want to pick up all the trash like, I mean kids play at this playground so, you know, so if there is trash all over the place it kind of takes the play out of playground,” said Slaven.For US Cellular employees, it’s nice to get outside of the office and spend some time talking with the kids and enjoying the sunshine, but Griffith said they hope their message goes a little deeper and is longer lasting than the couple of hours of conversation they shared.”Well I hope the children walk away knowing that it’s important to take pride in your community and also really be proud of the great facilities they have here and don’t take that for granted. So I hope they pride and help in keeping it clean and maintain a great facility for generations to come.”