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Mayor Enlists Youngsters to Help Clean Reading

Improvements to the city of Reading are coming by way of some pint-sized helpers. But don't let their size fool you -- they've got big plans for cleaning up the city. WFMZ's Melissa Batulis has more on this up and coming group. "It takes 10 to 20 years for these bags to go away." Shocking news to some of these guys who haven't even been alive that long. CHAIRIS: "I learned that when people litter you destroy the people's community." Tuesday, Reading Mayor Tom McMahon launched "The Mayor's Kids for a Clean City Club." And with a signed pledge and a promise to better their city... here are its first members. ANGELO: "If we lived in a trashed up city, what's the point of being here?" Picking up litter is the name of the game. And although these club members may be a little closer to the ground at this age, it's their enthusiasm the city hopes to harness. ANGELO: "I'm real excited because it will make the community a better place." MCMAHON: "We're going to work with neighborhood organizations, many of which already do neighborhood clean ups." The kids aren't wasting any time. Wednesday, they'll tackle their first clean up project at a place many of them know pretty well.. here at the 11th and Pike Playground. MIKE: "We're trying to put a little bit of pride, a little bit of respect in ownership in our city...trying to make our city a heck of a lot nicer." And... MCMAHON: "We're going to reward them." Club members will be treated to free seats at a Reading Railers game. And as the club expands the plan is to expand the incentives. The goal is to reach out to about 12-hundred kids by the end of next year. But this group of pre-teens is hoping to be the trend setters. ANGELO: "I think if I do it, some people will be doing it and that maybe all the kids, maybe a lot of kids will do it. " In Reading, Melissa Batulis, 69 News Berks Edition.


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