Garbage bags, rubber gloves and rags were the only tools these high school students needed yesterday as they took a break from class to clean up their northeast community.

Over 65 students from Lester B. Pearson High School joined forces with Calgary police District 5 officers in an effort to clean up the neighbouring community of Pineridge and the Village Square Leisure Centre.

“It really comes down to the broken window theory. If you fix something when it’s small, it’s less likely to get worse,” Const. Sean Lynn explained.

“If you pick up garbage in an area, it’s less likely there will be crime there.”

Lynn said the initiative was meant to help clean up the community but in doing so would help foster community values.

“It’s a positive way to bring the community together, the students, the neighbours, just the entire community and it also gives the students a sense of responsibility for their community, too,” Lynn added.

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