by Marcia Blondin
This team of kids has grown from 17 to well over 40 youngsters who want a cleaner neighborhood and a trash-free river. They have met at Que?Pasa, Aquiles Serdan 625 in Colonia Emiliano Zapata, every Saturday morning at 11:30 since 2010 to make a positive difference in our city. Michael, owner of Que?Pasa, has made garbage a big deal to these children; instilling in them a tremendous sense of respect for our earth that will last them a lifetime. They, in turn, pass down that ecologically sound message to their brothers and sisters and often, their parents. Michael makes sure all the kids have trash bags (in suitable sizes!), latex gloves and an adult to keep them safe on their tour around the neighborhood picking up rubbish.
When they return to Que?Pasa after their appointed rounds, Michael treats them to hotdogs, chips and sodas. The kids also have their own wall in the bar covered with photographs of them at task – smiling, knowing they are doing a good thing and will be rewarded when they are done.
If any of you parents out there are wondering what to do with your kids when they get out of school for summer break, encourage them to take part in this small beautification project every Saturday morning. If you aren´t up to actually joining them while they work, buy yourself a beer , have some lunch, play some pool and enjoy the ambiance of this local neighborhood bar until they are finished. Your children will be well chaperoned while you take a break; totally a win-win situation! Another good thing to do: donate garbage bags or gloves, make it a habit to buy extras when you are grocery shopping. Cash donations to keep the kids in hotdogs are always appreciated.
See all of you soon in Que?Pasa!