Students creating a non-toxic environment

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – Western New York City celebrates 716 and all the people who make the city good neighbors a great place to live.

For many, it’s a day to give back.

Students from the Independent Health Foundation Student Peer Advocates took advantage of this donation day to create a healthy environment for the greater Buffalo community.

“The pollution has been a big problem,” said Emily Lorenz.

Put on gloves, goggles and a heart to make sure their community is free of toxic substances, starting with Broderick Park on Niagara Street.

In his sophomore year of high school, Andrew Fleming added: “Today we’re picking up the trash, helping clean up the park.
Trying to publicize.

The independent Buffalo Health Foundation student peer lawyers are making sure they become good stewards this summer.

Fleming said: We were in the parking lot, there are a lot of them. There is so much garbage. There were bottles, cigarettes. Lots of things, plastic bags. It was a little disgusting how many people threw him in there. “

Fleming, Lorenz, and about a dozen of their peers hand-pick up trash and light gardening on 716 Day, a day known for giving back to the Buffalo community.

“We would like people to stop littering, especially with cigarettes. It’s disgusting. Nobody wants to clean that up, especially because cigarettes are plastic, believe it or not, and they contain toxins. It’s not good for the environment, ”Lorenz explained.

Buffalo Niagara Director of Community Engagement Chris Murawski said he hopes this day of giving teaches the role nonprofits play in the community, but not just 716 Day, but all days that follow.

Murawski said, “We wanted the students here to somehow learn what we are doing to take care of our natural places and also, learn leadership skills,” said Murawski.

Anyone wishing to get involved with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, to continue stewardship in the community can contact Chris Murawski at [email protected] You will also find more information on

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