Evan Crotty picking up trash to raise money for WLC music and theater department

  • Evan Crotty puts a bottle in a trash bag July 31 on Burns Hill Road. —STAFF PHOTO BY JOSH LACAILLADE

  • Evan Crotty, 12, of Wilton holds up a bottle he picked up on  Burns Hill Road July 31. —STAFF PHOTO BY JOSH LACAILLADE

  • Evan Crotty started his intitative to clean up Wilton July 31 on Burns Hill Road. —STAFF PHOTO BY JOSH LACAILLADE

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/2/2022 10:41:25 AM

A 12-year-old boy from Wilton is pledging to clean up 68 miles of the community in an effort to raise money for his school’s music and theater department.

WLC seventh-grader Evan Crotty has a passion for the outdoors and for the arts. As a member of WLC’s music and theater department, Evan spends his time after school participating in school performances and playing the drums for his school band. 

Evan is also a member of Congregation Betenu, a synagogue based in Amherst. As part of his bar mitzvah project next June, he started a campaign July 27 to clean up trash along the 68-mile stretch of Wilton with the goal of picking up 200 trash bags of litter by summer of 2023. On his fundraising page at justgiving.com/fundraising/evan-crotty-cleans-wilton, he writes about the cleanup and asks people to donate to WLC’s music and theater program.

In the first 24 hours, Evan raised $150 of his $1,000 goal, but he said any amount will make a difference in the music and theater program.

“It will definitely help out my school,” he said. “My school runs through their [music and theater] budget early on in the year.”

Evan’s mother Ariel said he is setting an example for other children in the community to help out any way they can.

“I love that he wants a beautiful Earth,” said Ariel. “He is doing selfless things and more kids need to do that.”

Evan’s father Michael said he’s proud of his son’s dedication to bettering the community.

“I love that he’s supporting the community,” said Michael Crotty. “It fills me with pride.”

On Sunday, July 31, Evan took the first step to accomplishing his goal to beautify Wilton, picking up litter on the side of Burns Hill Road, which is in his neighborhood. His plan is to clean up Wilton road by road, one day a week until he reaches his 68-mile and 200-bag goal. 

As a lifelong resident of Wilton, Evan said he’s excited to clean his community, one trash bag at a time.

“I’m just trying to spread the word and have people donate,” he said.


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