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April Jefferson Awards: 10-year old making an environmental impact

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Earth Day 2014, that's where it all started. Then 4 year old Emma Anderson asked her mom how to celebrate. After some discussion, Emma and her mom decided that picking up trash would be a good way to contribute to the green movement.

6 years later, the now 10 year old and her neighbor Claire are still cleaning up the earth. They have been collecting trash every Earth day, recruiting their younger brothers along the way. The group walks around their neighborhood for a few hours gathering whatever they can find.

"It's actually really fun, it's good for the Earth and it helps the environment. But you can also spend time with your friends and it's also really fun," Emma says.

Neighbors Claire and Sam Mohr say it's like a scavenger hunt and they look forward to doing it every year.

In recent summers, they've set up a lemonade stand as well to raise money for Paws & Claws. Last summer, the group raised $120 in just two days.

Emma's mom, Jan Anderson, estimates that she has done more than 60 hours of service.

"Emma's always really determined and she likes to keep doing things, and likes traditions. She likes to do service projects to help out, and she's gotten her brother Evan and her friends into it too so it's kind of been her trend."

The group plans on collecting trash on Earth Day again this year, but might need to go out separately to uphold social distancing guidelines. They hope to recruit more friends and family in their "Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better" movement for years to come.

Amanda Morgan

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