Written by: Alexandra Huynh, Miss Entrepreneur 2016
On May 29th, Rei, Y, Jullianne, Savannah and I went to Penitencia Creek Park and the Berryessa Community Center in San Jose to pick up trash. At 10AM, we met up at my house to leave our personal belongings there, to get gloves and garbage bags, and to carpool to the park. When we arrived at Penitencia, we realized that we had a lot of work ahead of us when we saw how big the park was. The trail was four miles long! Jullianne and Savannah held the garbage bags while Rei, Y, and I picked up the pieces of trash we could find. Not only were we doing our part in the community, but we also got closer when we were working together. After an hour and a half we finished walking the whole park so we threw away all of the trash that we collected into nearby garbage cans. The amount of waste we gathered was rewarding, and it reminded us to always clean up after ourselves.
We all decided to do this project specifically because we felt that littering is a constant problem. Not only is it unappealing to look at, but it can also have a negative impact on the environment as well. We wanted to beautify a local park by cleaning it up so that everyone can enjoy it. Our first community service project was a success and we are excited for the next project!