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."

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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.

 

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