From left: Sophie Ward, Aleckzis Manzo, Bianca Cesena, Graham Wright, Micaela Coronado and Gabe Ismeir walk the trail searching for cigarette butts. Photo submitted

Portola students clean up cigarettes along a popular trail

Cigarettes butts collected Oct. 8.

The River Walk along the Feather River in Portola was gleaned of cigarette trash on Thursday, Oct. 8, by an enthusiastic group of Portola High School students.

Gabe Ismeir, Sophie Ward, Micaela Coronado, Aleckzis Manzo, and 7-year-old Aaliyah Cesena, who was joined by her mother Bianca Cesena, joined Plumas County Public Health Agency – Tobacco Use Reduction Program staffers Ruben Lopez and Graham Wright as they combed bushes and berms for cigarette butts irresponsibly tossed aside by strolling smokers.

After spending more than an hour walking along the trail and the picnic area, picking up a substantial number of butts (estimated at nearly 100!), the teens were rewarded with a pizza lunch at Mountain Pizza on E. Sierra Avenue in Portola. The weather was pleasant, the spirits were high and interest was keen for the next clean-up at Lake Davis in the weeks ahead.

The students enjoy a pizza lunch as a reward for their efforts. Photo submitted

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