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Taking the creek cleanup plunge

Eighth-grade Charlotte Country Day students prepare to clean litter and water pollutants in a half-mile section of McAlpine Creek on Oct. 5.

The effort was the first of two cleanups the school will perform this year, part of its participation in the Adopt-A-Stream program.

The project, led by science teachers Simon Keilty and Sarah Klingler, coincides with a volunteer monitoring program that began last year. Once a month, eighth-graders volunteer to collect data from McAlpine Creek to help Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services monitor the health of the county’s waterways.

"I found a broken baseball bat and close to 20 golf balls," said Britton McCorkle, top left in the photo. "I was surprised by how much stuff was found." Added Emily Moran, top right in the picture: "To the eye, you don’t see that much trash -- until we really got in the water." She said students also found several tires, a wagon, even a Porta-John.

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