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Hannibal youth work together to pick up trash around city

By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 14, 2018 8:55 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Jarren Landis, a fifth grade student at Eugene Field Elementary School, noticed that lately, people were complaining on Facebook about trash lining Hannibal streets.

He couldn't disagree with them. He's noticed the trash, too.

About four months ago, Jarren told his mom, Adrienne Landis, that he wanted to do something about the trash on the side of the road. Jarren recruited his friends and next-door neighbors, the Brothers family, to help, and one afternoon they went out and filled several black trash bags with plastic wrappers, fast food containers, aluminum cans, lost car parts and more.

The group, who in the past has picked up trash in their Southside neighborhood, now spends up to an hour each week picking up trash around the city.

"The kids pick out where to go around Hannibal, and they get everything in and out of the truck themselves," Adrienne Landis said. "As adults, we're here to make sure they are safe and don't get hurt while handling the items."

Amanda Brothers, mother of Carl, his twin brother Howard and fifth grade Stowell Elementary School student Kayden Brothers, agreed.

"They're a good group of kids, and I think it's awesome what they're doing," she said. "They have great teamwork."

The city provides orange vests, gloves and trash bags to the group, and places they've cleaned up include Orchard Avenue, Stardust Drive, the Southside community and Grand Avenue.

"One time we had 17 bags of trash in just 30 minutes," Landis said.

Jarren added that the weather -- whether it is chilly or very hot -- helps him and his friends move quickly to clean up an area.

"We thought it would be nice to help out our friend," said Carl Brothers, a Hannibal Middle School seventh-grader. "But it's also really nice to help make the city look good."

The group hopes to have more Hannibal youth help them. They say more volunteers are needed.

"Just five more people would make such a difference," Landis said.

For more information about where the group will be each week, people are encouraged to visit their Facebook page, Pick It Up. Those interested in volunteering to help pick up trash also can reach the group through a Facebook message.

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