TikTok making Staten Island better? First grader inspired by video does her own cleanup at local park – SILive.com

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A P.S. 53 first grader has made it her mission to begin cleaning up Staten Island, after being inspired by…TikTok.
Assemblyman Michael Reilly (R-South Shore) posted to his Facebook page a picture of the first grader, Diana, and her mother Julia at Lemon Creek Park, with clean-up supplies and a full, heavy trash bag .
“While out for a walk around the district today I was passing the pier at Lemon Creek Park where I met Diana, a first grader at PS 36, and her Mom, Julia. Mom and daughter were finishing up their own cleanup of the area. Diana was inspired to do the area cleanups from TikTok videos she watched,” the post reads.
It’s not the first time TikTok — the social media app usually known for dance challenges and quick, quirky video cuts — has been a vehicle for good. Last year, one TikTok challenge inspired a global trash clean-up.
According to Planethome.eco, the challenge was started by Daniel Toben, from North Carolina, who encouraged people to pick up trash around the world. His campaign began during the early days of the pandemic when he would go to parks with trash bags and clean.
According to his first post on TikTok, Toben explains that he is challenging everyone to do a clean-up, since he was on his 8,000th lifetime trash bag.
He also explained that the challenge would be a good way for the younger generation to show the older generations what they are capable of, and that they are a “force to be reckoned with.”
Perhaps Diana is bringing back the trend, as she helps to make Staten Island a little cleaner.
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