A large group of Hesperia Junior High School students from the National Junior Honor Society and Kids Care Club donated two hours of their time and energy on Saturday morning in support of Hesperia's Semi-Annual Cleanup Day.


Under the direction of three social studies teachers at the school, Michelle McKechnie, Carrie Bennett and Jennifer Callahan, they took on the task of clearing trash and debris from a large field bordered by Mariposa Avenue and Eucalyptus Street and filled two large dumpsters provided by Advance Disposal.


They were amazed at the wide variety of items they found including tires, mattresses, wood, clothing and miscellaneous trash and were very proud of their accomplishment.


Under the direction of Callahan, the school's National Junior Honor Society is dedicated to getting involved in community service. Last week they mailed 32 care packages to soldiers in Iraq that included snacks, toothbrushes and toothpaste. In the past two years they have held fundraisers and donated over $1,000 dollars to PAL Humane Society. The Kids Care Club was formed when one student, Amanda Feregoso, decided she wanted to make a difference and approached McKechnie with her idea. Since then the club has grown to over 30 students.


The city's Cleanup Day coincided with Tire Amnesty Day, which was jointly sponsored by the City of Hesperia and Advance Disposal. Funded by a grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board, residents were invited to drop off free of charge a maximum of five used tires for disposal.