Pick Up America – Cleaning Up Our Country, One Piece of Trash at a Time!


Have you ever walked along a sidewalk, saw trash lying there, and picked it up? If so, you’ve helped clean up the environment and make the world a little bit better! This concept is just what inspired Jeff Chen and Davey Rogner to create Pick Up America. Pick Up America is an organization that does walking tours of the country, picking up trash everywhere and enlisting communities to help them along the way.

Today, Pick Up America is in the midst of its first national tour. On this trip, so far they have picked up more than 145,000 pounds of trash! But even more significantly, they are spreading a message across America about the importance of being waste-conscious and of taking care of the environment we live in!

This video shows what Pick Up America is all about.

Additional Resources:

  • Here is the website for Pick Up America!
  • Here is a website that tells more about the importance of picking up litter.

Topics for Discussion:

  • Why is it important for the world to reduce its waste?
  • Pick Up America helps the environment simply by picking up trash! What simple thing can you do to help the environment?

Take Action:

  • Organize a litter clean-up day in your school or community!
  • Visit the Kids For Saving Earth website to learn other ways you can help the environment!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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