GHS gets fall makeover at annual clean-up day


Rayanne Sammataro

Clean up day volunteers take a break to pose for a photo


The trees around GHS campus have begun to change colors from green to bright yellow, auburn, and fiery red.  And as the season changes, the time has come for a fall makeover.

Yesterday, student representatives from the National Honor Society and all four Student councils gathered together to welcome in fall by cleaning up litter around campus and planting flowers in its place.

During their half day, these students devoted their time and money into the effort.

Zoe Venetsanakos and Lizzie Luster take the mums to be planted


“Cleaning up today wasn’t just an obligation for us,  it was more about actually doing something to made a difference on the image of GHS,” said Student Council Secretary and NHS member Chris Macdonald. “NHS and Student Council don’t normally get a chance to integrate like that so it’s nice to all work together to get something done.”

Recent events in the city government made the annual cleanup about more than just appearance and collaboration, as the city has set a new green initiative banning plastic.

“Clean up day is a great way to help the environment in our local community and to keep Gloucester clean. It also brings more awareness to the amount of trash around Gloucester, helping high school students realize the importance of not littering,” said Environmental Club President Meghan Craaybeek.

It is the job of the students as members of the school and community to keep the campus clean as an environmental and wildlife precautionary for the neighboring marine life.

But Class of 2018 President Danielle Larrabee said it best.

“Cleaning our school helps make a clean happy healthy environment for everyone.”

(from left) Emily Kenyon, Claire Knowlton and Sophie Caldwell working hard