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Citrus Heights teen spends birthday helping clean creek

Sentinel staff report–
Seeking to fulfill a birthday wish, a family from Citrus Heights spent the day helping clean up a local creek and park.

Josie Patik and her family were featured on CBS 13 in aJune 9 interview, where the team could be seen with boots, gloves and buckets helping clean up Arcade Creek Park Preserve in Citrus Heights.

“I just had fun doing it with my family last year, so I just thought it would be a good thing to give back,” she told the tv station.

Josie’s family annually participates in Creek Week cleanups, which occur at creeks across the county each year in April. This year’s cleanups were cancelled due to COVID-19.

Creek Week is a yearly event organized by theSacramento Area Creeks Council, involving groups of volunteers going to different creeks throughout Citrus Heights and Sacramento County to clean up any plastics or garbage in the area.

In an update earlier this year, Creek Week organizers encouraged community members to continue involvement in year-round action to protect creeks and rivers, despite the annual event being cancelled.

“We can all make a difference by practicing random acts of cleanup—by picking up one extra piece of trash each day, the results can be profound and far-reaching,” organizers said.

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