This was our first project with the graduating class of École Hammond Bay! Parents wanted a fundraiser that would involve the students and give something back to the community. They approached us about a work party where students would raise pledges in exchange for a couple of hours after school spent working with Walley Creek Streamkeepers. After an important tutorial on why we remove invasive plants (they outcompete native species and decrease biodiversity) and the difference between Oregon grape and holly (the first one stays, the second goes), we got to work. Our crew of 30 students, 10 parents, 2 teachers, and Walley Creek Streamkeepers removed 2 big bags of garbage, and 4 large piles of blackberry, ivy and holly from the riparian area in Morningside Park, beside the school.