An unscheduled rubbish collection has picked up bags of waste around Stoke streets.
Twenty-seven Broadgreen Intermediate students spent four hours yesterday around Stoke scouring for rubbish from the school to the SPCA in Waimea Rd as part of a careers inquiry unit.
Year seven and eight teacher Jeanne Munro said it was a great chance to give back to the community and to raise awareness.
"I do a lot of walking and I just noticed how filthy some parts of the area are.
"I come from South Africa. I know what it is like to come from a third world country that is not looked after. It is just so pretty in Nelson, we should make the most of it.
"I don't think people appreciate or realise just how nice it is to live in what could be a really clean country."
It was hard teaching a careers unit to children who had yet to come of age, she said.
Getting down and dirty to collect rubbish could be both fun and rewarding. she said.
The students were surprised by the amount collected, which did not seem like much at first, she said.
"We even found a bike in good condition, which we have notified the police about," she said.
"It is about having that inquiry, taking action and having awareness for the things around you," she said.
Eleven-year-old Dania Buckley said it felt good to be helping the community and making it a better place for everyone to live in.
It was not the nicest job and it was good to see just how hard some people work, she said.
Eleven-year-old Keayla Kerslake, who wishes to one day be an ambulance officer, said people should be more respectful of the environment.
Meanwhile, it was really great to have some fresh air and to get out of the classroom, she said.
The group will photograph all of the rubbish collected and send it to the Nelson City Council.
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