Volunteers honor Earth Day with Trash Bash April 22


PAINTING PARTY Hundreds of volunteers joined students and administrators to clean up the area around campus on Saturday, April 22, at Marine Creek Lake for the Off the Trails event. Photos contributed by Carla Hardy, assistant principal

To help clean up the Marine Creek Lake and Trinity River, members of Tarrant Regional Water District will host a Trash Bash on April 22, 2023, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. where the Ranger Voice Committee with volunteers to help the community.

“It was such an awesome experience to see everyone from the district have a voice about what goes on,” principal Winston McCowan said. “We call it ‘Off the Trail. This is something they’re going to do every year.”

New this year, McCowan created the RVC after the success of the district’s Student Voice Committee, and this group advocates for what goes on at Chisholm.

As a part of the cleanup, students from Tarrant County College, Ed Wilkie Middle School and Marine Creek Middle School will also participate.

“It’s a way to bring the community together,” event volunteer Jaime Hawkins said. “Beautifying the lake and getting ourselves involved in more community service. Helping in the community helps us be better for ourselves and others.”

At the event, McCowan said there will be T-shirts, food trucks and games that people can enjoy, and this is all in hopes that community members will continue to keep the 6-mile trail and lake area beautiful and clean.

“I walk the lake sometimes, and it’s just trash everywhere,” RVC member sophomore Ty Hardisty said. “There’s so much of it. The community can really help make it better.”

While this is the first big event RVC members will host, Hardisty said this is a great opportunity to build on the impact they hope to make.

“It gives people at Chisholm a chance to voice their opinion to make the school a better place,” Hardisty said. “Not even just the school, but the area around us, too.”

According to McCowan, there are already more than 200 volunteers signed up for the event.

“They’re giving back,” McCowan said. “This gives them an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than just at the school. We’re Chisholm Trail, this is who we are, this is who we serve.”

For more information on how to contribute, follow this link: trwd.com/trashbash.