PHOENIX – In collaboration with Earth Day, the Phoenix varsity girls’ softball team joined forces with the Phoenix National Honor Society to help clean up the community.
On April 26, participants were given a designated map of an area of the village and were responsible for cleaning that area.
The project lasted for more than two hours, and students were asked to provide their own gloves and trash bags.
“Our district strives to get all of our leadership groups involved in the community,” said Angela Neiss, both a National Honor Society Advisor and coach of the girls’ varsity softball team. “It is important for students to gain an appreciation for the community in which they live.”
Neiss said the students are always amazed at what they find while cleaning throughout the community and noted that the efforts provides students with a sense of pride to clean up after a long winter.
Neiss said Phoenix’s National Honor Society has participated in the project for the past six years, but noted this as being the first year the softball team has helped in the effort.
“I feel it is also important for athletic teams to give back to the community,” said Neiss. “The team completed the cleanup before heading to OCC for a Strikeout Cancer Tournament.”