Students from 44 public, charter and private schools promised to assist the Dearborn City Beautiful Commission with its goals of beautifying the community, reducing litter and promoting the wise use of resources and the environment.
Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. led the students in their oath of office as junior City Beautiful commissioners on Oct. 23, at the 51st Annual All Schools Breakfast.
They were welcomed by Dearborn Schools Superintendent Brian Whiston, who also is a member of the City Beautiful Commission.
City Beautiful Commissioner Mary Petlichkoff, in charge of the school program, encouraged the students to educate their friends, family and neighbors about the importance of not littering, of maintaining property, and engaging in activities to keep Dearborn beautiful.
She asked the students: “How many of you have heard of the tooth fairy?” Everyone raised their hands. Then she asked: ‘How many of you have heard of the trash fairy?” No one had.
“Me neither,” she said. “But there are people who think that if they litter and leave garbage around, that a trash fairy will come pick it up.”
She told the students that an important part of their duties is to remind people to be responsible and not expect that others will pick up after them. That way, their schools and the community can stay attractive and welcoming places.