On Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, Friends of Adaire joined forces with a great team of Fishtown groups and businesses on a successful Little Big Change Makers cleanup. The event started with Adaire 3rd grader Laney Grubb telling her mom, Friends of Adaire co-founder Chris Morrissey Grubb, that she would like to do a neighborhood cleanup. Laney said she was inspired by her participation in the Friends of Adaire-organized Schoolyard & Sidewalks Cleanup on Dec. 7, 2019. Friends of Adaire Schoolyard Team Leader Denis Devine connected Laney and Chris and their fellow Little Big Change Makers, including Minnow Lane principal Rebecca Brett, with the Fishtown Neighbors Association's Beautification Committee. Together, they set about planning a cleanup, and Laney participated in a Feb. 9th planning meeting at Minnow Lane.
We were incredibly lucky with the weather on Sunday, Feb. 23rd, with Spring-like weather making it easier for families to participate. And participate they did! More than 36 families and more than 130 people helped collect trash from all around the neighborhood. Together, we worked for 4.5 hours, collecting more than 50 bags of trash and litter from almost 60 blocks in Fishtown!
So many families gave their time. And to make this event successful, many gave more than time, too: Adaire parent and Little Big Change Maker leader Claire Sheridan enlisted generous donations of donuts from Federal Donuts; pretzels, apples, and bananas from IGA at the Richmond Shops; and water coolers from Cub Scout Pack 500 Riverwards, Philadelphia, and Fishtown neighbor David Katz, via the Buy Nothing Fishtown Facebook group. The Fishtown Recreation Advisory Council generously donated pizzas bought from Franco's Pizza. The Fishtown Neighbors Association's Beautification Committee's Ellis Mair and Tapan Karr contributed cleaning supplies they own thanks to generous support from the Penn Treaty Special Services District. Friends of Adaire contributed cleaning supplies we own thanks to generous support from Comcast via Comcast Cares Day. Minnow Lane contributed cleaning supplies they generously bought and donated to Friends of Adaire. Chris Grubb's mother generously donated her pickup truck to enable volunteers to pick up bags of trash around the neighborhood and consolidate them near the Fishtown Rec for pickup by the Philadelphia Streets Department, a pickup coordinated by FNA Beautification's Tapan Karr. Many others contributed in countless ways, too.