With the school year once again in full swing, it may be an appropriate time to talk with your children about being good citizens. Keeping our community clean protects our property values and saves tax dollars spent on removing litter and graffiti.
As parents we need to teach our children that littering is no less a crime than painting graffiti on the school walls. The city has garbage bins strategically located around the community. Being a good citizen means you do not toss plastic bottles, soda cans and snack wrappers without regard on lawns, sidewalks, parks and streets. Trespassing means you enter somebody’s property illegally when you cut across their lawn as a short cut to wherever.
While we all know that it is illegal not to pick up the droppings of your pets, on occasion we have all found “little gifts” on our own property donated by someone’s lack of personal responsibility.
As children learn by example as well as instruction, let’s all practice good citizenship habits and encourage our children to do the same. It’s our community; let’s keep it clean and green.
*Please note this article was originally published in the Fall 2010 edition of The Rockwood Times.