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American Cultural Exchange international high school students, working with Partners for Clean Streams, marked drains on more than 120 drain covers in Rossford and Oregon as part of Global Youth Service Day April 12.


The students stenciled a message to citizens reminding everyone that anything entering the storm drain goes to the nearest waterway, and that there are no filters, no treatment.

American Cultural Exchange international high school students, working with Partners for Clean Streams, marked drains on more than 120 drain covers in Rossford and Oregon as part of Global Youth Service Day April 12.

The students stenciled a message to citizens reminding everyone that anything entering the storm drain goes to the nearest waterway, and that there are no filters, no treatment.

“Litter, pet waste, dirt, fertilizers, antifreeze, and motor oil are just a few examples of contaminants entering into our waterways through storm drains,” said Val Virag, local coordinator for ACES. “This was a great environmentally educational project for the ACES international youths.”

The ACES students noted that clean water is a vital concern to the future of their countries too, adding they plan to take this information home and hope to improve the quality of their water systems.

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ACES students started their day at the Oregon Municipal Building where the city gave nstructions. They include Nick (USA), Brilee, host sibling of Allison from Netherlands (next to her), Laura (Croatia), Eduardo (Mexico), Earn (Thailand), Falak (Pakistan), Alexey (Russia)
and Sidiki (Mali).

Global youth Service Day is recognized internationally, and was sponsored locally by the United Way of Greater Toledo.

ACES is a State Department-appointed, not-for-profit international exchange organization. The organization encourages exchange students to give back to their communities who host them by volunteering. Currently, host families are being sought to host high school students arriving in August. Call Virag at 419-466-7074 for more information or visit www.ExploreTheWorld.org.

“Litter, pet waste, dirt, fertilizers, antifreeze, and motor oil are just a few examples of contaminants entering into our waterways through storm drains,” said Val Virag, local coordinator for ACES. “This was a great environmentally educational project for the ACES international youths.”

The ACES students noted that clean water is a vital concern to the future of their countries too, adding they plan to take this information home and hope to improve the quality of their water systems.

Global youth Service Day is recognized internationally, and was sponsored locally by the United Way of Greater Toledo.

ACES is a State Department-appointed, not-for-profit international exchange organization. The organization encourages exchange students to give back to their communities who host them by volunteering. Currently, host families are being sought to host high school students arriving in August. Call Virag at 419-466-7074 for more information or visit www.ExploreTheWorld.org.

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