Letter: A Green Up Day to Warm the Heart

To the Editor:

Once again on Green Up Day, May 3, Hartland had an amazing turnout of volunteers who spanned the generations. Although we did not top our number of volunteers in 2010 (155), we came pretty close with 148 this year. A most heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you. Hartland is now 2,120 pounds cleaner from picked-up trash, 88 collected tires and 600 pounds of metal.

It all begins with people caring for the roads they walk, bike and jog along. One of our upper-grade elementary students designed the poster for our Town Crier board. Members from the Hartland Conservation Commission helped man the road sign-up table at the fire station. Hartland Community Connections again had a table offering information, hot coffee and breakfast rolls.

Then, for the first time, there was an opportunity for our young people to express their sentiments about our environment through writing. I received 53 entries from kindergarten through grade 3 expressing their care for Mother Earth. They were displayed at our luncheon at Damon Hall and have been passed along to the Hartland Conservation Commission. The commission will select a few entries for a monetary gift certificate to a local business. All entries will be recognized with a certificate of appreciation. They will be displayed later at our public library.

Finally, a big thank you to a dedicated group of senior citizens who volunteered to make sandwiches for our free luncheon. They are hardworking, spirited and extremely good-natured. It truly warms my heart to be part of such a caring community. Hartland definitely has a very special spirit. If we all do our part, Mother Earth will sustain us. Thank you for caring.

Ginny White

Hartland Green Up Coordinator