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Hundreds of students help with annual Wisconsin River clean up

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280 students from the Wausau area helped pick up trash for the 20th annual Wisconsin River Clean Up program. 

Among some of the items pulled out from the Wisconsin River on Friday were a television, a paddle boat and a few tires.

"Roughly we end up with 1.5 and a half tons each year," said Todd Fisher one of the directors of the program.

Fisher said there is an important lesson for the students to learn from the clean up.

"If they pick up garbage they will be a little reluctant to leave it behind so I think it's a good learning tool," Fisher said.

According to Fisher, the plan seems to be working.

"It actually gotten a little better, little less garbage over the years so we contribute some of that to the program, working with the kids and being educated on garbage removal," Fisher said. 

One student participating in the program appreciates the value of cleaning up the trash.

"I usually think twice before throwing stuff on the ground because I wouldn't want a bird to get stuck on any of the garbage and die," said Mason Grzywacz a freshman at D.C. Everest Junior High. 

Grzywacz said there is more the community can do to help keep the Wausau cleaner.

"I feel like if we had enough people come out here once a month and pick up as much garbage as they could I think we could keep the land fresh and no animals can get hurt," the freshman said.

With boating and fishing season under way, Fisher also advises people not to throw any plastic bottles in the river and do not discard fishing lines which can get wrapped around wild life in the water. 

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