Syringes, excessive trash prompts clean up at William DeBerry Elementary school

Hampden County

Hypodermic syringes were recently found outside a school in Springfield’s Old Hill Section.

The clean up near the William DeBerry Elementary school had barely begun when the crew found two hypodermic syringes in the debris lining Monroe Street.

Neighborhood residents joined city councilors Jesse Lederman and Melvin Edwards who were horrified with the way people have littered the place where they lived as young people. 

“I grew up right across the street, we always come together, Harambee and Stone Soul and to see it as far as the filth, it’s disheartening, but it also gives you some sort of pride,” said Malo Brown.

Pride that Deberry Elementary School Principal Elizabeth Fazio said her students can feel because of Thursday’s efforts too on their behalf by dozens of concerned citizens.

“We try to teach inside the school about the environment and keeping it clean and our community helping out and supporting each other,” said Principal Fazio. “This is a wonderful lesson for the students to show how many adults do look about them.”

As a result of this concentrated cleanup, the DeBerry school children found their walk home from Monroe Street Thursday afternoon to be fun, and far less dangerous.

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