Painting, tree planting and playground work were among the projects carried out by 64 students who participated the Department of Waste Management’s Summer Beautification Programme.
The Aug. 20-31 initiative, a redesigned version of the department’s usual summer clean-up campaign, targeted ages 13 to 17, according to Government Information Services.
Beautification projects on Tortola included the painting of the Cappoons Bay Community Clinic and the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre; tree planting in Purcell, assisted by personnel from the National Parks Trust; and the restoration of the East End/Long Look playground.
On Jost Van Dyke, students painted culturally themed murals on walls within their communities.
“Based on the feedback received, the students really enjoyed working with the projects and learning the correct way to paint and plant,” said Greg Massicote, assistant manager in the DWM.
On completion of the projects, students received a small stipend to assist with school supplies.
The projects were selected by district representatives in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Development, according to GIS.