20 youth give up spring break fun to serve community

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A large group of junior high students from Canyon Hills Assembly of God are spending a part of their spring break doing community service.

Many students this time of year spend time playing video games, sleeping in, going to the mall or the beach.

These 20 young people, under the supervision of their youth pastor, got up early on Tuesday morning armed with trash bags, gloves and team spirit tackled several miles of trash along the road in northeast Kern County.

"It's more than just going to church, obviously that's a big part of what we do, but also serving the community. Learning to be a civic minded and serve others,"said Robin Robinson, youth pastor.

The group spent several hours picking up trash along Morning Drive north of Auburn Street then continued picking up trash along State Route 184 by Hillcrest Cemetery.

"I'm so surprised about the amount of trash we have picked up. It's fun because we are all working together to make the community a better place,"said Emily Patton, student.

The group pick up everything from fast food cups and wrappers to cardboard boxes and parts of old electronic equipment.

When it was all done they had more than 20 trash bags filled.

"I wish people wouldn't litter and disrespect the community. It's so easy to have a little trash bag in your car instead of throwing it out the window or dumping it out here," said Taylor Henning, student.

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