It was a clean sweep for Bensonhurst as over 100 students from Brooklyn Studio High School helped local elected officials beautify their community as part of the “Speak-Up & Clean-Up” campaign.
Including blocks like 86th Street, Bay Parkway, Avenue U, Avenue X, Kings Highway, 18th Avenue, 20th Avenue, Bath Avenue, Benson Avenue and 65th Street, among others, the high school’s ninth graders partnered with Assemblymember William Colton, Councilmember Mark Treyger and District Leader Nancy Tong on Wednesday, October 14, to put some clean back on the streets.
“I have seen a man pick up a broom and start sweeping in front of his house, inspired by our volunteers,” said Colton. “When people see others cleaning their neighborhood, they want to contribute.”
In addition to sprucing up the streets, which also included Kings Highway between Bay Parkway and McDonald Avenue, Milestone Park on 18th Avenue between 81st and 83rd Streets, as well as Keiser Park on Neptune Avenue between West 24th and West 32nd Streets, students also passed out fliers in multiple languages and spoke to residents and local businesses about sanitation rules and guidelines, encouraging the community to “do their part” in keeping the neighborhood clean.