Kids brave hot temperatures, clean up Gardere area
BATON ROUGE - Dozens of kids braved the heat today to clean up the Gardere-area.
Jalen Lands is 12 and says he's happy to see others care about the community as much as he does.
"It feels good knowing they want to pick up instead of just leaving trash on the ground," he says. "I grabbed one of those big blue things and found an empty trash bag and started picking up cups, plastic bottles, soda cans, napkins and just pieces of paper."
Some of the other kids say they're grateful for the Gardere Youth Alliance Group that organized the 2nd annual clean up day.
"They just built a new park, and every time I go to the park, there's always trash," volunteer Alaysia Thompson told News 2. "The bathrooms are always dirty, so to have all these people come out to clean up is great.
Coach Darin Fontenette is the group's president and says he wants to teach the kids to appreciate their neighborhood and each other.
"I wish we can just take pride in our neighborhood; we're making progress," he says. "But most of all, we try to teach them brotherly...sisterly love. That's what we need now more than anything.