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Dozens volunteer to clean up Lansing

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (April 23, 2022) – Dozens of local residents were scattered across Lansing Saturday morning spending the beautiful day picking up trash.

Lansing’s annual Community Clean-up Day started at Fox Pointe were volunteers received their assignments around town. Locations included the highway overpass, stretches of Bernice Avenue, railroad crossing areas, stretches of 186th Street, Winterhoff Park, and others.

The largest group of the day was 30 students from Memorial Jr. High School, which was more than expected, said Lansing Clerk Vivian Payne, whose office organized the event.

After a couple hours of gathering litter from around town, volunteers met at Fox Pointe for a Village-sponsored lunch.

Photos of Community Clean-up Day

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Lansing Clerk Vivian Payne speaks to Trustee Jerry Zeldenrust ahead of Lansing’s annual Community Clean-up Day on Saturday, April 23. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
30 “Mighty Mustangs” from Memorial helped pick up litter on Saturday. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Memorial Jr. High students search for trash in a wooded area near Winterhoff Park. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
This young trash collector deposits her finds in a trash bag. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
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Kimberly and Kaedin Goss worked to clean up an area near K&G Fashion Superstore. Kimberly said she used it as an opportunity to teach her son why littering is a bad choice. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
The Lopez family has lived in Lansing for seven years. This year marks their second time participating in Community Clean-up Day. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
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Two lone trash-gatherers work along 186th Street near Clyde Avenue. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Community cleaners work near K&G Fashion Superstore to corral a large amount of trash and debris. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
The gatherers take a quick break for a photo. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Tables were set up at Fox Pointe to serve lunch to volunteers. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.