Project PUT in the Highland-Park-Overlee-Knolls April 2014 Community Newsletter

We were very excited to be asked by our community newsletter editor to submit a little blurb about Project PUT.

Here’s what we wrote:

PROJECT PUT: PICK UP TRASH, A GRASS ROOTS COMMUNITY MOVEMENT FOR CLEANER, TRASH FREE COMMUNITIES, DEVELOPED BY 10 YEAR OLD ARLINGTON STUDENT, ELOISE

Eloise just turned 10 and I am her mom Emily. Eloise is a 4th grader at Tuckahoe Elementary School. Eloise had a marvelous experience the other day with her 4th grade class at Tuckahoe Elementary School when they went into the woods near their school and picked up 3 full bags of garbage. The children were amazed at how much trash they found, but they felt good to have cleaned it up and to have made their community more beautiful.

Eloise wanted to do the same thing when we took the Metro to downtown Washington, DC a couple days later to visit some museums. Trash was everywhere and we decided to pick it up. We filled 8 littered plastic shopping bags with garbage. Some we recycled and some went into the city trash cans.

As a result of these experiences Eloise wanted to start a movement to inspire people to pick up trash in their communities and of course I was eager to support her idea. We decided to call it PROJECT PUT: Pick Up Trash (and put it in the recycle or a designated trash receptacle).

To keep track of these activities (with posts and photographs) and to inspire others to do the same, we have started a blog: https://projectput.wordpress.com/

Eloise would like to share a couple of her thoughts on starting Project PUT:
“I just wanted to say I thought it was just sad for all the trash in our city. I love our city and I hate to see that people don’t care if their city is a junk yard or a trash can. I’m just so happy that at least some people are willing to keep our city in good shape. P-U-T (pick up trash) helps that.” If you would like to join the effort, just take the Project PUT Pledge found at this link: https://projectput.wordpress.com/take-the-project-put-pledge/

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Highland Park-Overlee Knolls wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_Park-Overlee_Knolls

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PROJECT PUT ACHIEVEMENTS
https://projectput.wordpress.com/put-achievements/

Practicing Project PUT on the Walk Home from Tuckahoe Elementary School, 4/10/2014

Eloise and I walked home together from her Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, VA.

The garbage we found on the ground made us a little sad, but it made us happy to pick it up and make the community just a little more beautiful.

Here’s Eloise with the two bags of trash we filled on the one mile walk home:

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PROJECT PUT ACHIEVEMENTS
https://projectput.wordpress.com/put-achievements/

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PROJECT PUT PIX
https://projectput.wordpress.com/put-pix/

Practicing Project PUT 4/9/2014 at a Thicket Near Westover Library

Eloise was riding her bike and noticed a thicket near the library was filled with garbage.

So we put Project PUT into Practice and cleaned it up.  Here is one of the bags filled with trash.

Eloise PICKED IT UP!

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This thicket quickly fills up with garbage, but for a least a few hours, it looked like this:

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This thicket is near the Westover Library, so Eloise picked up a few bits of trash to keep the library the beautiful and respected place it deserves to be.

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PROJECT PUT ACHIEVEMENTS
https://projectput.wordpress.com/put-achievements/

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PROJECT PUT PIX
https://projectput.wordpress.com/put-pix/

Project PUT in Action for the First Time in Downtown Washington, DC on Sunday, 4/6/2014

In the pictures below, Eloise practices her own Project PUT by picking up trash all over downtown Washington, DC and putting the trash were it belongs in recycle containers or designated trash receptacles.

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This is the bag of trash we filled with garbage clinging to the plantings in front of the Environmental Protection Agency.  The most trashed up yard, however, was in front of the IRS.
One of the many littered bags of trash we filled with more trash on 4/7/2014 in beautiful (now cleaner) downtown Washington, DC

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Eloise PUTS trash we picked up into a designated trash receptacle.
It is one of the many littered bags of trash we filled with more trash on 4/7/2014 in beautiful (now cleaner) downtown Washington, DC

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Eloise PUTS more trash we picked up into a designated trash receptacle.
It is one of the many littered bags of trash we filled with more trash on 4/7/2014 in beautiful (now cleaner) downtown Washington, DC

We found littered plastic shopping bags and filled them with garbage.  These are just a few of the many bags we filled.

Lots of people noticed the work and gave us lots of positive feedback.  Eloise wanted to make it a movement.

It would be much better if nobody littered in the first place.  But if there will be litter, responsible citizens can make their communities more beautiful (and help the greater environment) by practicing PROJECT PUT:  PICK UP TRASH AND PUT IT WHERE IT BELONGS (IN RECYCLE OR DESIGNATED TRASH RECEPTACLES).

HAPPY PUTTING!

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THE PROJECT PUT PLEDGE (AND BECOME A MEMBER BY JUST TAKING THE PLEDGE)
https://projectput.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/take-the-project-put-pledge-and-become-a-member-of-project-put/

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Project PUT: Pick Up Trash (and put it where it belongs), a movement begins
https://projectput.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/project-put-pick-up-trash-a-movement-begins/

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PROJECT PUT PIX
https://projectput.wordpress.com/put-pix/

Eloise G. Gives Her 2 Cents About Starting Project PUT

Eloise just turned 10.  She had a marvelous experience the other day at school when her class went into the woods near their school and picked up 3 full bags of garbage.  The children were amazed at how much trash they found, but they felt good to have cleaned it up and to have made their community more beautiful.

Eloise wanted to do the same thing when we took the Metro to downtown Washington, DC today to visit some museums.  Trash was everywhere and we decided to pick it up.  We filled 8 littered plastic shopping bags with garbage.  Some we recycled and some went into the city trash cans.

Eloise would like to share a couple of her thoughts on starting Project PUT:

“I just wanted to say I thought it was just sad for all the trash in our city. I love our city and I hate to see that people don’t care if their city is a junk yard or a trash can.  I’m just so happy that at least some people are willing to keep our city in good shape.  P-U-T (pick up trash) helps that.”

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Project PUT: Pick Up Trash (and put it where it belongs), a movement begins
https://projectput.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/project-put-pick-up-trash-a-movement-begins/

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PROJECT PUT THOUGHTS
https://projectput.wordpress.com/put-thoughts/

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Take the Project PUT Pledge and Become a Member of Project PUT
https://projectput.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/take-the-project-put-pledge-and-become-a-member-of-project-put/

…Look around you…

In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.
Leo Tolstoy

One of my Facebook Friends just posted a meme picture with this quote.  It seems quite appropriate for the effort Eloise and I began today.

LOOK AROUND YOU!  There is garbage where it should not be, mucking up our landscape.  PICK UP TRASH and put it where it belongs.

It would be best for people to take responsibility for their trash and not litter in the first place, that is a given.  But if you see garbage and you CAN pick it up, then PICK UP TRASH and PUT it where it belongs.

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Project PUT: Pick Up Trash (and put it where it belongs), a movement begins
https://projectput.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/project-put-pick-up-trash-a-movement-begins/

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PROJECT PUT THOUGHTS
https://projectput.wordpress.com/put-thoughts/

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Take the Project PUT Pledge and Become a Member of Project PUT
https://projectput.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/take-the-project-put-pledge-and-become-a-member-of-project-put/