SHAMOKIN — “Future leaders” is how Councilman Dan McGaw described Rosalind Kane and the more than 40 school students who combed the city collecting litter Saturday afternoon.
The director of parks and public buildings presented the 16-year-old from Coal Township with a proclamation prior to her seventh annual cleanup in recognition of unselfish efforts to enhance the area.
“Each April, she shows to us great leadership skills in her annual cleanup,” McGaw said in front around 75 participants at Claude Kehler Community Park. “Now, be it further resolved, that this proclamation, sponsored by the Honorable John Brown, mayor of Shamokin, be presented to Rosalind Kane and that April 22, Earth Day, is officially declared Rosalind Kane Day in the City of Shamokin.”
Kane thanked everyone for attending and provided garbage bags, gloves and orange vests before the group gathered for a photo. Among the participants were Kane’s parents, Marla and Tom, her brother, Blake, Brown and his wife, Denise, Councilmen Scott Roughton and Charlie Verano, various civic leaders and Shamokin Area High School athletes.
Football players and adults collected plastic, metal and other pieces of trash strewn throughout a gravel lot, railroad tracks and grassy area near Weis Markets. The group also came across at least one needle.
Kane and her mother had earlier advised participants who came across hazards to leave the objects in place and report the location. Needles that were found were picked up by select individuals and disposed of in a Sharps Container.
Another sort of hazard in the form of glass is what some younger volunteers encountered near the railroad tracks along Water Street. Molly Rossnock, Cassidy Grimes and Alaina Glowatski, who were accompanied by an adult, left the majority of the glass behind, but had still gathered enough litter to fill several bags.
For the 13-year-old Glowatski, of Coal Township, it was the first time participating in Kane’s “really good” cleanup.
“She is really dedicated,” Glowatski said of Kane. “We just pick the litter up for the litterbugs, because they don’t want to.”
Various groups canvassed sections of the city and collected enough trash to fill more than 100 bags.
Tom Kane picked up around six bags from the Shamokin Creek bed and “numerous” bags from the Fifth Street Playground and around Weis Markets. Notable items discovered included two shopping carts, which were returned to a store, and a “giant” piece of metal that is suspected to have come from a vehicle.
The City of Shamokin will dispose of the trash. The Great American Cleanup provided bags, gloves and related supplies.
McGaw said community pride has been created from Kane’s cleanups, adding that people of all ages and from all sections of the community assisted Saturday’s event.
“There are at least 45 kids standing here that came on their day off to pick up trash — not to throw trash or break things — but to come out and pick up trash and be responsible,” he said. “They are our leaders of tomorrow. That’s who they are.”