Saturday was an especially busy day around Kolky because it was the first annual Kolky Community Clean-Up! It was organized nationally by a Scouts Organization, but this was the first year Kolky participated. Students, parents, community members, even a few Americans (me and a friend from Lutsk) came to participate. We split up into a bunch of groups and spent a good 6 hours picking up trash in the forest and the main road that leads into Kolky. Other groups cleaned around town, picked up trash around the river, and beautified the park areas. All of us pitching in to make Kolky even more beautiful that it already is.
It was a beautiful day, wonderful weather, and even better camaraderie as the students were taking pride in helping out their community. It was also great for them to learn how not to dispose of trash in the future. My PCV friend, Jonathan, came to pitch in too and most of my 9A form students were able to talk with him and meet another real live American. An awesome time had by all! Enjoy some of the photos from the weekend events.
|Getting right into it!|
|Half-way through and we ran out of bags!|
|The WWII Memorial all clean|
|It wouldn't be snack-time without cookies and fresh birch juice, tapped straight from the trees!|
|Mr. Benjamin with Dima and Jonathan|
|Ukrainian Trash Pick-Up|
|Our Coordinators - Dima and Kola|
|We Did It!|
|The Styr River that runs just outside of Kolky|
|Where I will spend most of my summer|
|A beautiful, Spring day indeed!|