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Photos of a teachable moment

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (April 18, 2020) – Saturday marked the 11th annual Community Clean-up Day—with a COVID-19 twist. Instead of hosting a typical group event, the Village instead offered to support individuals and families who conducted their own clean-up events while while observing safe social distancing. The Village provided garbage bags to anyone who wanted to pick them up, and Lansing Public Works collected the filled bags they were notified about.

Becca Trepton took advantage of the opportunity to not only clean up her section of neighborhood, but also teach her four-year-old son Callen the reasons behind what they were doing. “Callen and I cleaned up behind our School Street home and the fence along Memorial Junior High. I loved the opportunity to explain ways to care for our neighborhood and the earth God has given us!” she wrote.

Carefully gloved, four-year-old Callen Trepton cleans up litter along the fence around his yard, which borders Memorial Junior High. (Photo: Becca Trepton, mom)
Becca Trepton and her son Callen participated together in Lansing’s first Individual Community Clean-up Day. (Photo: Becca Trepton)
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


  1. Let’s just say I Love my hometown of Lansing, IL. And as Callen Trepton’s Great Grandmother, I was delighted to see this article. What an amazing circle of Life. These moments in a child’s life will never be forgotten. Thank you Lansing, for continuing a beautiful legacy.

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