TICONDEROGA-The annual Earth Day cleanup is well on the way to becoming a tradition at Ticonderoga High School.
Because of the school vacation schedule this year the project was moved up to April 15, according to organizer Bill Morse.
Despite the cold and windy weather, over 100 students and 12 staff members picked up 980 pounds of trash along Alexandria Avenue, Lord Howe Street, Baldwin Road, Amherst Avenue, Lake George Avenue, Champlain Avenue, Calkins Place and Black Point Road, as well as the basketball courts and skate park.
Students worked out of study halls, Lynne Lenhart's Spanish classes and Jennee Darragh's biology class, some during multiple periods, which brought student volunteer modules closer to 170.
Morse expressed gratitude to the school district for its support in permitting the use of two vans and a school bus to ferry students to and from work sites and to the town for sending one of its trucks to pick up the collected trash.
"It is by participating in projects such as this that students learn about commitment not only to improving the environment but to improving their community as well," Morse said.