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Portsmouth students, others spruce up Island Park

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Keegan Page, a senior at Portsmouth High School, scours Teddy's Beach for trash Saturday morning.

Jim McGaw

Keegan Page, a senior at Portsmouth High School, scours Teddy’s Beach for trash Saturday morning.

PORTSMOUTH — Island Park and surrounding areas got a facelift Saturday, and the results were pleasing to the eye.

Portsmouth High School students and some adult volunteers showed up with gloves and trash bags and scoured the area for litter from 10 a.m. to noon.

Most of the volunteers were from the PHS Green Club, of which 15 to 20 students are members, said J.P. Arsenault, a science teacher at the school who was leading pupils in cleaning up Teddy’s Beach.

“Some of the more environmental classes like urban ecology and environmental science, renewable energy — a bunch of those kids tend to show up also,” said Mr. Arsenault.

Portsmouth High School students left Teddy's Beach spotless Saturday.

Jim McGaw

Portsmouth High School students left Teddy’s Beach spotless Saturday.

In addition to Teddy’s Beach, volunteers also scoured Island Park neighborhoods, Boyd’s Lane and Anthony Road for trash. The Green Club also hosted an electronics waste drive at the high school Saturday.

“People can bring whatever e-waste they have and keep it out of the landfill,” said Mr. Arsenault, adding that the Green Club’s big focus this year has been on recycling.

“Two years ago we started the club and wrote letters to the town to get money for recycle bins and two years later that came to fruition. We brought in 100 recycle bins for the entire school, so every classroom has one,” he said.

PHS senior Chris Coutcher bends down to collect trash at Teddy's Beach.

Jim McGaw

PHS senior Chris Coutcher bends down to collect trash at Teddy’s Beach.

Among the more unusual items found Saturday, Mr. Arsenault said, was a full outfit — pants, shirt, sneakers, etc.

“Another person called me up and said they found a switchblade and they wanted to know what to do with that,” he said.

Added Keegan Page, a PHS senior, “We got a pair of sweatpants and a shirt, there different flip-flops and a few nice hoses.”

For more information about the PHS Green Club, click here.

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