LACONIA — Litter was uppermost on the minds of a group of five- to seven-year-olds after walking from the Laconia Early Learning Center to Opechee Park last week.
"There was all kinds of litter on the ground," said Corban, who is six, "There was a shopping cart, a rug and trash in the river."
Shari Lancaster, director of the Laconia Early Learning Center, said that the children walk from the center on Strafford Street to swimming lessons at the Laconia Athletic and Swim Club as well as to the beach at Opechee Park. They follow a dirt path from the sewer pump station at the end Strafford Street along the bank of the Winnipesaukee River and cross the bridge at Messer Street to Opechee Street.
Lancaster said that Corban was especially upset by the litter and asked Miss Jenn, the teacher, "can you tell the government?" She suggested the children write a letter to Mayor Ed Engler and sent it together with a photograph of the trash.
The letter, addressed "Dear Government," reads "Today our teacher took us on a walk. When we were on our walk we saw a lot of litter and trash in the water. It makes us sad because Miss Jenn said we can't sit by the water with all the litter. We think you should call the cops and put the people who litter in jail after they clean up the litter. Please help us keep our world clean. We love our planet."
When asked what he thought the mayor should do with those who litter, Corban fetched a book and opened it to a page showing Curious George, the ubiquitous monkey, sulking in a jail cell.
Engler said yesterday that he intends to visit with the children later this week.
CAPTION: Corban, 6, along with Shari Lancaster, director of the Laconia Early Learning Center, and his classmate Jillian, displays the letter the children sent calling on "The Government" to punish litterbugs. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch).
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