HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ --  Two dozen members of the Hasbrouck Heights Music Parents Association joined with other volunteers and the Hackensack Riverkeeper for the Slam Dunk the Junk clean up effort on Saturday morning, April 27.

The 15 students and nine adults helped clean up Hackensack River Park in Hackensack. They gathered junk and garbage in the park and along the river bank. Some of the notable items were a hot water heater and two couches. In all, the group filled 60 trash bags, double the amount from the group's efforts in 2018.

The Hackensack Riverkeeper is a non-profit based in Hackensack. According to its website, the organization’s mission is to protect the Hackensack River Watershed through “environmental action, advocacy, education, and litigation.” It organizes regular clean up events from April through November, stretching from New York state down to Newark Bay. The event was part of the Hackensack Communities Clean Up.

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This was the final community outreach this school year under the music association’s Band Together for a Cause. Previously the students and parents delivered food baskets at Thanksgiving and held a peanut butter and jelly drive to make sandwiches for the homeless.

The music program will host its Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 22, at 7pm in Kiefer Auditorium.



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