Nikalos Haslet bags some collected trash. (Photo by Emily Black)
KINGMAN — One little boy is trying to make a big difference by picking up trash in his neighborhood.
Nikalos Haslet, a 13-year-old student at Kingman Middle School, has been scouring his neighborhood for discarded paper, liquor bottles, soda cans and other garbage to create a cleaner environment. He makes the walking trip, mostly by himself, once a month.
“I started looking at all the trash in Kingman and I got tired of it,” said Nikalos. “I decided to go out and pick it up. There are small liquor bottles all over the ground. You can walk around and see them everywhere.”
Sometimes Nikalos ends up with numerous large bags of trash, which he and his grandmother, Dena Botts, transport to a dumpster.
Coleen Haines, City of Kingman public coordinator, said she applauds Nikalos for what he does and wishes more people were like him. It would be better if children didn’t have to pick up after adults who litter, she said.
“Every little bit helps,” she said. “Thankfully, he sees the value of keeping his city clean and hopefully, other people will take pride in Kingman because of him. It would be great if he didn’t have to pick up trash and if people didn’t litter at all.”
Botts said she’s happy with her grandson’s efforts to clean up the community and she’s going to arrange future clean-up dates for others to participate with him.
“We’re going to make this a once-a-month thing,” said Botts. “Our neighborhood looks trashy and it’s time to make a change. It’s got to start with the young people, because if they don’t care, nobody will.”
The first meeting for clean-up is scheduled for 8 a.m. May 24 in front of Byer’s Liquor, 2104 Kingman Ave. Anyone wishing to help make Kingman a better place is welcome to attend.
For more information, contact Botts via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.