by Todd WIneburner
Pontiac Township High School Earth Sciences teacher Paul Ritter is passionate about his work and he's trying to make student passionate as well. On Monday, May 6th, Ritter and other teachers accompanied by Pontiac students ranging in age from 8th graders to Seniors, will hit the streets and spend the day getting rid of unwanted refuse. Along with that, the students will be carrying spray paint and stencils in an effort to mark any access point for the storm sewer system and let people know that dumping is not allowed. The event is the 14th annual trip in Pontiac, and Ritter says it's a great opportunity to help students understand the importance of stewardship and their responsibility in protecting resources like the Vermilion River.
The clean-up and paint crews won't be alone, however. Computer students in Mr. Doug Masching's class at PTHS will be out with city crews picking up unwanted electronic equipment. Residents are asked to have any unwanted electronic device on the curb by 7 o'clock Monday morning. At the start of the day, the crews will develop a strategy for collection and remove the refuse through the course of the day. Large appliances and some other items are not allowed. To find a list of appropriate items, click here.