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Green Club and basketball teams participate in clean-up project at Betty’s Kitchen

Gila Ridge High School’s Green Club along with the girls and boys basketball programs participated in the 25th annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 22 by completing a five-hour community service project in cleaning up Betty’s Kitchen National Recreational Trail.

"I am so proud of our Gila Ridge students’ hard work today," said Green Club advisor and Boys Basketball Head Coach Joe Daily. "For the students to not only come out and help, but want to give up their Saturday for such a great cause makes me very proud of the good things we are doing.”

According to the National Environmental Education Foundations website, National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. Held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, it is also a “fee-free day”—entrance fees are waived at national parks and other public lands.

“Students took ownership of the land,” Daily added. “I heard so many of them talking about how we need to do more down the road another day and make this the best area in the wilderness for Yuma residents.”

James Kuzniak