FLINT TWP. — You da man Tyler! He was one of the most active students from Atlantis Alternative High School who helped clean the Genesee Valley Trail last week.
Atlantis students joined members of the township’s Parks and Recreation Committee for the first of two trail cleanings this year, said Barb Vert, a township trustee and member of the parks and rec committee.
The good news is that the group found very little debris along the trail this time. Most of the students stuck to picking up visible litter along the trail. But keen-eyed Tyler extended his search into the dense trees lining the trail near Dutcher Road, which follows an abandoned railroad line and also abuts property that used to be a Saturn dealership.
Tyler has a future in environmental protection should he change his mind about a career in welding or electrical engineering. Among his finds was an old Chevrolet grille, a collectible glass telephone insulator and numerous empty brown and clear bottles.
The combined weight and volume of those finds made Tyler and his group pretty confident of winning a friendly bet with a second group of Atlantis students who were out at the same time cleaning up the portion of the trail east of the Graham Road bridge. The winning group was promised a pizza party.
But everyone is a winner because the work of these volunteers ensures a cleaner trail for summer use and enjoyment. Vert said another group of volunteers will go back out in the fall for a second clean up. The trail closes for the winter on Dec. 1.