Cleaning Up the Neighbourhood

cleaning up

English Class second and third graders set off last Wednesday to clean an area near our school last Wednesday. The week of 2.-6.5.2016  has been declared clean-up week by the town of Pori. Armed with disposable gloves and waste bags that the town provided,  the children eagerly gathered the trash they found in the area.

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Where did all the trash come from, we wonder. To find the answer, read this copyrighted  Litterbug Poem by Ray Mather.

I’m a litterbug and I don’t care,
I throw my litter everywhere.
Crisp packets, sweet wrappers, lollipop sticks –
In desks, on the yard – the usual tricks.

I’m not bothered where my rubbish goes;
Let it be carried where the wind blows.
Playing-field, garden – it’s no sin –
Couldn’t care less about the litter bin.

I trash the playgrounds and dirty the parks,
Stuff cans in hedges – them sort of larks.
The street is my empire; it swims in debris;
It looks ugly to you, but it’s lovely to me.

Where did I come from? What is my game?
Me, the person you all like to blame?
What do I look like? Well, I’ll have to be true –
I’m not a monster – I’m YOU, YOU and YOU!
© Ray Mather 2005

2 comments on “Cleaning Up the Neighbourhood

  1. Ray Mather says:

    Very pleased to see my poem used in his way 🙂

    • ss-k says:

      We are really glad you approve! (-probably should have contacted you BEFORE posting it, but being a busy, dedicated teacher, perhaps you canunderstand that I just want to get it posted on the blog for our readers…) It is a great poem and strikes a chord with young and old alike. Thank you for writing it.

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