The Disney Friends for Change Club at Brea Olinda High School (BOHS) had a school cleanup on November 20.
The club, part of an international volunteer organization sponsored by Disney, is planning to hold regular cleanups throughout the year to give club members opportunities to get involved directly with the school while improving the environment. In addition, this activity gives students opportunities to reflect on their past actions and learn they can make differences in their community.
BOHS senior Matthew Brondani told JSR, “To be honest, I have thrown trash [without thinking about the environmental consequences]. Doing this activity, I learned that it takes a longer time and [requires more energy] to pick up the trash than to just throw the trash.”
Brodani learned that he can make difference.
Brodani stated, “I feel proud of myself because I never thought that I would clean up the school and make differences in the community.”
“I felt good because we helped the school together. [This activity was more meaningful and special to me] because we did it with each other and cooperated,” Abraham Jurado, another senior, stated.
Jurado added, “At first, I honestly expected that school cleanup would be boring. However, I actually enjoyed it because we did it together.”
The club members, who gained precious lessons from the activity, are now encouraging other club members to join the next one.
Monica Cruz, a senior, told JSR, “I recommend [people] to join the next cleanup because it teaches them so many important and precious things.”
To continue giving lessons not only to club members but to children, the club will hold classes for younger kids this January.