Earth Day started in Crete Park on Friday, where Illinois Lutheran Highschool students and the Crete-Monee high-school boys’ Volleyball team helped pick up litter, rake leaves, and spread mulch. Later, the Crete-Monee ROTC and Highschool Baseball team helped clean up Heritage Park. The event, sponsored by local businesses and organizations and organized by the Crete Park District, aims to raise awareness about the negative impact of littering. The event continued Saturday with volunteers from Lion’s Club cleaning up Lion’s Park, Crete Park Bike Trail, and Garrett Park. The Crete Park District plans to organize an even bigger event next year.