Five School Districts to Help Clean Up State Parks

Part of Erie County Clerk's "Healthy Districts Initiative"

Mike Baggerman
May 25, 2018 - 2:45 pm

Buffalo Harbor State Park on May 25, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Students from five school districts in Erie County will participate in the "Healthy District Initiative: Parks Clean-Up Day" next Thursday.

Approximately 275 students from the Orchard Park, Lackawanna, West Seneca, Ken-Ton, and Buffalo school districts will participate in the cleanup event as part of Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns' initiative.

"Some of the districts are not diversified," Kearns said. "We have a lot of diversity in the Lackawanna School District. (We want to) bring them together and...get our young people out to enjoy the parks and the investment that the State of New York and the City of Buffalo are making. It's amazing, as former Chairman of the Waterfront Committee, I would say how many young people who live in the City of Buffalo have never seen this view (at Buffalo Harbor State Park). They've never seen our waterfront. We have to make our waterfront a destination."

Garbage at Buffalo Harbor State Park on May 25, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Buffalo Harbor State Park will host 124 students from West Seneca and Lackawanna. Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora will host 73 students from Orchard Park and Buffalo schools. Beaver Island State Park in Grand Isloand will host 78 students from Buffalo and Ken-Ton. 

The program is funded through New York's "Connect Kids to Parks" grant. It's a field trip refund grant program where New York State will refund up to $1,000 of the costs for visits to a state park, nature center, historic site,  DEC environmental education center, fish hatchery, or other DEC sites. 

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