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Kids: Don't trash our homes!

Vista volunteer Jennifer Simpson talks Friday to Devion Williams, 10, about ideas for a poster to stop dumping trash in the Blackmon Road community, while Jacolvin and Keyota Mccor work on their posters. The posters were created during summer camp at A Place for Hope Community Center.
Vista volunteer Jennifer Simpson talks Friday to Devion Williams, 10, about ideas for a poster to stop dumping trash in the Blackmon Road community, while Jacolvin and Keyota Mccor work on their posters. The posters were created during summer camp at A Place for Hope Community Center.

Some young people in the Blackmon Road community have taken the neighborhood's littering problem into their own hands.

The children attending summer camp at A Place for Hope community center will hang signs Monday telling residents and passersby not to throw trash in their neighborhood. They also will pick up garbage and stand on the corner of Blackmon Road and Archer Drive with their homemade signs.

"We're teaching the kids that no matter what you have, you can give back to your community and make your community better," said Karen McKernan, executive director of the center.

This is the second year the center has offered summer camp, McKernan said. Throughout the eight-week program, speakers and field trips have helped teach the 18 campers about community activism.

When McKernan split them up into groups to identify an issue that was important to them, the children chose littering and the environment.

"The kids know that their community is known as 'trash pile road,'" McKernan said, referring to a community nickname, coined because of the neighborhood's proximity to the city's old landfill.

Fifteen-year-old Jacolvin Mccor said he hopes Monday's activities will stop outsiders from littering there.

"Folks on the outside, they come throwing stuff down that they shouldn't," he said.

Other campers said people who live in the neighborhood litter as well.

The children came up with the ideas for Monday's activities and they already have made several posters with pictures of trash and phrases such as "no trash here" and "no trash in Rock Hill."

Summer camp at the community center will wrap up Friday.

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