Pottstown CARES Students Clean Community

POTTSTOWN PA – Hundreds of local students and area residents participated Saturday (Sept. 22, 2018) from 8:30-10:30 a.m. during the annual Pottstown CARES – Community, Awareness, Responsibility, Empowerment, and Sustainability – Day across the borough.

CARES representatives said a group of about 600 students and faculty members of The Hill School were scheduled to pick up litter in the Hobart’s Run area, roughly bordered by Keim, Queen, Adams, and Jackson streets.

They also were tasked to tend to a section of historic Edgewood Cemetery, work in the downtown merchant district, assist with projects at Pottstown’s community gardens on Walnut Street and at the Olivet Boys’ and Girls’ Club at Rickett’s Center, pick up litter along Armand Hammer Boulevard, and work to rehabilitate a Walnut Street home.

Another 75 Pottstown High School athletes (some pictured above) involved in fall sports focused on the area from Pottstown Middle School to Redner’s Market, and from the Pottstown YMCA to Charlotte Street . They spent several hours cleaning streets and sidewalks around each Pottstown School District building.

Later in the evening, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Hill School’s Lehrman Pavilion, a CARES Activity Night featured snacks, music, games, and kids’ activities.

The organization also used the event to launch participation by The Hill School and Pottstown School District’s student-led Hobart’s Run Student Leadership Committee in World of Change, an international non-profit that collects pocket change pocket change to benefit Pottstown charities designated by the students.

CARES – Community, Awareness, Responsibility, Empowerment, and Sustainability – is a collaboration between The Hill School, the borough of Pottstown, the Pottstown School District, Montgomery County Community College, the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce, Lowes, and Habitat for Humanity.

Photo from the Pottstown School District