Volunteers looked to make it a clean sweep in one Kensington neighborhood

Kimberly Adams
December 08, 2018 - 6:39 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- It was a clean sweep in Kensington Saturday as volunteers put broom in hand to not only clean up the area, but to make the streets safer for kids heading to schools.  

"I'm helping clean this community,” said 11-year-old Demetirus.

He, and many others, rolled up their sleeves to help clean up the streets near Lewis Elkin School.

Demetirus joined his mother and younger brother in the city's second annual Philadelphia Resilience Project.  

"It's important to serve and help those less fortunate, especially around the holidays, but any time of the year," said Sylvie Gallier-Howard.

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Community Life Improvement Program's Thomas Conway says last month's cleanup was a success, now the schools are the target area where danger lurks behind the trash.

“We have people trained to remove the needles,” he said. “We gotta keep’em clean, so the kids have a safe route to school."

Volunteer Salim Wilson went to school here years ago and felt compelled to give back to his community.

"It's kind of scary to actually see these needles in your visual,” he said. “When we were in school it wasn't really that way."

There will be more cleanups coming this spring.

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