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Kids Spend Vacation Cleaning Up Riverfront

Jul 18, 2016 07:42PM ● Published by Shannon Antinori

Rachael Rizzo-Reed and friend Rachel Tackette spent Monday cleaning up the Fox River bank in Montgomery. (Photo submitted by Michael Reed)

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It was their last day of vacation with their dad, but instead of spending it playing or relaxing, a group of kids helped make a local park a better place.

Dad Michael Reed said his daughter, Rachael Rizzo-Reed, 13, and son, 10-year-old Zachary Rizzo-Reed, were visiting from Florida when they decided to make a stop at the Fox River on Monday. Rachael and her friend, 13-year-old Rachel Tackette, were walking when they noticed something was amiss.

“My daughter and her best friend walked up to the dam, then they came running back and they said, ‘Hey, Dad, people aren’t respecting the river.’”

Reed said the girls told him they’d spotted trash up and down the shoreline – and they wanted to do something about it. The girls asked if they could go back to Reed’s house to get supplies to clean up the riverbank at Montgomery Park, located at River and Mill streets.

“I thought it was a great idea,” Reed said.

The girls grabbed some garbage bags and rubber gloves and started cleaning up, with some help from Rachael’s brother Zachary and his friend, 15-year-old Joey Abadie.

“They jumped right in,” Reed said. Also along for the trip was Reed’s dog, Lucky.

“They spent about 2-1/2 hours down there,” cleaning up the shore and wooded area near the river, Reed said.

He said the kids collected two heavy bags of trash, from discarded aluminum cans to plastic and other debris. On a day when many kids were home relaxing during summer break, Reed said he was happy to see his kids and their friends making a difference.

“I just felt proud,” he said.


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