LYNN — Twenty second grade students from across the city received citations at the Lynn City Council chambers for their winning Keep Lynn Clean posters.
In April, second grade students throughout Lynn participated in an Earth Day poster making competition in which they designed their own posters depicting ways to keep Lynn litter-free.
On Tuesday night, the 20 winning students from the 20 participating elementary schools walked onto the council chambers’ platform to shake hands with Mayor Jared Nicholson and accept 10 copies of their posters to share with their families or hang in local businesses.
“This is a top priority for the city: for our streets, for our parks to be clean. We care about it deeply and we are so grateful that a generation of second graders have stepped up this year to show us the way,” Nicholson said. “This city deserves clean streets, clean sidewalks, clean parks, ond one of the reasons why we deserve it is because we care so deeply about our kids and having them be able to grow up in clean spaces.”
When City Councilor-at-large Brian Fields approached the mic, he announced that Kelly De Leon, a second grade student from Cobbet Elementary School, was the city winner and that her poster would hang on a billboard on Boston Street July 25.
De Leon said that she was happy to have won, and that her drawing took her three days to complete.
“I feel happy,” De Leon said. “It was fun and I had so much fun making it.”
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