PLAINFIELD, NJ - It all started with an idea to meet fellow class of 2023 students heading to St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City this fall for a 14-year-old Plainfield resident.  Parker Smith, along with help from the school, recruited other incoming freshman students to clean up the New Jersey Transit train station in Plainfield.

Smith chose a community service project that could live up to the St. Peter's Prep motto: "Men for Others."

According to the school's website, "the academic, athletic, co-curricular, spiritual and service programs aim to foster in students an understanding of the world and the courage to advance the common good."

Sign Up for E-News

At the initial July 21 cleanup, there were three who showed up at the clean up event.  Gaining momentum, more students participated on Saturday, August 3; they came from Nutley, Bayonne, Scotch Plains, and Livingston, too.

Proud mom Laurie Smith said about Saturday's event, "As you can see, they picked up A LOT of trash!!"  She added that her son is planning two more events in August. is Plainfield's free online daily newspaper for Plainfield, NJ news. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook, Twitter @PlainfieldTAP, and on Instagram @tapintoplainfield for all of your Plainfield local news.

Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

Got a tip or an idea for a story?  Email