Schools helping with riverbank clean-up

District schools once again will be teaming up with the Rainy River Watershed Program to help clean up the riverbank in their areas.
The program has been operating since 1998 and last year, Donald Young School (Emo), Riverview School (Rainy River), Our Lady of the Way (Stratton), and Crossroads School (Devlin), along with the townships of Morley, Emo, Chapple and North Western Ontario Tourism Association, participated in clean-up efforts over 23 km of the Rainy River and its tributaries.
In all, 142 people were involved.
Afterwards, participants were presented with a certificate commemorating their efforts and treated to a celebratory barbecue.
This year, schools located on or near the river once again have been invited to participate and three have answered the bell so far.
Donald Young School students were slated to be working along the riverbank today (Sept. 8) while those at Crossroads tentatively are scheduled to do the same in the La Vallee area on Sept. 21.
Both the townships of Emo and La Vallee will be helping out with the collection and disposal of garbage.
Meanwhile, Robert Moore School in Fort Frances is organizing its own clean-up for Oct. 1 as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-Up.