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/
Highland Park-Overlee Knolls wiki:
PROJECT PUT ACHIEVEMENTS