This blog was written by Hannah Langley, a 2021-2022 KTB Young Texan Ambassador from Troy, about her experience including kids in a cleanup, why you should too, and steps to take to ensure success.
Here are some steps you can take to properly include younger kids in cleanups:
- Choose a kid friendly location
- Keep a positive attitude throughout
- Include parents in the cleanup
- Don’t forget the snacks!
- Make sure every kid feels included in the cleanup
- Let them talk and try to get them to lead
After we closed out on the day, I asked the kids to reflect on the cleanup with me. They were so excited to talk about their experience and show me all the stuff they picked up! I will most definitely host another cleanup with the kids and try to include a bigger group of them.
Overall, the kids added to a wonderful experience for my first cleanup. They did a phenomenal job and had so much fun participating! Including children in cleanups and teaching them about sustainability will go a long way in securing a brighter future for us all.