Uxbridge Earth Kids here to tidy up the town

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As the snow began to melt earlier this month, Uxbridge’s 8-year-old Nora Zon was shocked by the amount of trash that began resurfacing around the town. With the help of a few of her friends, Nora began brainstorming some way she could help clean up our planet.

“She was telling us about it and it spawned the idea to start a "club" where the kids of Uxbridge could help tidy up the town,” said Nora’s dad, Ethan Zon.

In less than two weeks, Uxbridge Earth Kids has gained over 200 followers online and garnered lots of admiration and attention from local businesses. To encourage participation in the town clean up, Uxbridge Earth Kids will be holding two competitions, beginning today (April 1) and running until Earth Day (April 22).

First up is a community clean-up contest.

“Basically, kids are encouraged to help clean up their neighbourhood for a chance to win some awesome prizes from our partners,” says Zon. “We even have kits with trash bags, gloves, sanitizers and a few goodies that will be available for pickup at The Bridge Social.”

The second contest allows children to show their artistic talents. A poster-making contest invites kids to create an image that explains what the Earth means to them. The works will be grouped by age, and there will be prizes available as well.

“The community support has been pouring in,” says Zon. “At this point, I think we need to start thinking up some challenges that go beyond our April and Earth Day contests!”

To follow along with the Uxbridge Earth Kids initiative, and to find out how you can join in, find them on Facebook and Instagram at @uxbridgeearthkids.

Justyne Edgell, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Uxbridge Cosmos