More members of the Saipan Awaodori Team are participating in the monthly cleanup hosted by PDM Promoters, according to representative Sonia Siwa.
Siwa said yesterday that 17 Awaodori dancers from Koblerville took part in the Garapan cleanup last Saturday. Eleven other volunteers from Kinpachi Restaurant accompanied the young dancers.
The group picked up trash along Coral Tree Avenue to the Garapan Fire Station along Beach Road up to the Joeten Hafa Adai Center area.
Siwa said the Saipan Awaodori Team members are being encouraged to join the monthly cleanups to instill in them the importance of the environment and what they can do to help maintain the island's natural beauty.
“We want to train them about environmental stewardship at an early age because they are the future of our islands,” she added.
According to Siwa, Saipan Awaodori Team members volunteer for the cleanup as long as they don't have any school activities.
She said the young dancers are usually praised by their teachers for doing community service through the cleanup.
“It really boosts their morale knowing that people see their efforts to make the island a better place,” she told Saipan Tribune.
A total of 780 lbs of trash were hauled during Saturday's cleanup, which is less than what the PDM volunteers normally collect.
Siwa attributed this to the removal of trash bins along Paseo de Marianas since the Garapan Street Market was moved to a different location. The old trash bins are mostly used by business establishments in the area, which throw their garbage in those bins instead of having their own trash disposal system.
She noted that the trash they collected on Oct. 6 were mostly beer cans and bottles, some of which have been broken and smashed.
Siwa extended her appreciation to the Division of Environmental Quality for its continued support and to D&Q for providing refreshments to the volunteers.