Students cleaning up trash in the woods, organizing storage spaces and pulling weeds.

Students clean up Penn Manor community for Day of Caring

Nearly 100 members of the Penn Manor National Honor Society (NHS) are helping clean up their community, both indoors and out, as part of the Penn Manor Day of Caring. 

On April 6, 50 students picked up litter, sticks and leaves and weeded sidewalks and curbs around the high school track and field area and cleaned out athletic equipment storage areas near the gym. 

They also picked up litter in the Little Conestoga Creek, Manor Township parks, and along the Enola Rail Trail. At Central Manor Elementary, the students weeded the school garden and prepped the beds for planting. 

In all, the students collected 1,320 pounds of trash and 13 tires, said Mark Harris, Manor Township public works director. 

On Saturday, April 13, the students will spruce up the rail trail in Martic Township by spreading wood chips, sanding and repainting wooden benches, rebuilding rock borders and painting over graffiti on utility poles. 

Other projects that day will include labeling plant signs at the Central Manor Elementary gardens and helping move furniture for Off the Streets, a nonprofit that provides housing for the homeless. Students also will clean up litter and other debris around the high school parking lots.

This is the second year for the Penn Manor Day of Caring, which is modeled after the United Way Day of Caring. Catherine Tejada, an NHS Advisor and event organizer, said, “It is always such a rewarding experience to work alongside these students. I am incredibly proud of their collective efforts in giving back to the community.”

Many thanks to these students, Ms. Tejada and the other Penn Manor teachers who helped organize and supervise these activities – Riley Good, Michelle Boland and Noelle Henderson.