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Classmates of Harper Stantz Organize Neighborhood Clean-Up In Teen's Honor

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

Students and faculty at Binghamton High School have organized a neighborhood clean-up in honor of junior Harper Stantz, struck and killed by an alleged drugged driver in March. Harper's friends say the 17-year-old was passionate about taking care of the environment.

"Harper just loved everything around her and everyone around her and the earth in general. She just wanted to take care of it, so now that she's gone, it's our job to take care of it for her in honor of her," says Alexis Brooks, a junior at BHS.

Kirsten George, also a junior at Binghamton High School, says Harper would stop to pick up litter outside the school when the friends were walking to and from lunch. 

"When we would be walking in she'd be like 'this is disgusting, we need to do something to pick it up,'" says George.

"She just always cared about the community and everything around it," adds Sydney Northrup, also a friend of Harper.

The clean-up will be held on Sunday May 19th from 12 to 2 pm and sweep the streets surrounding the high school. Anyone from the community is welcome to participate and are asked to wear yellow (Harper's favorite color) or tie-dye (representing her colorful personality).

The school's principal, Kevin Richman, says this will be an annual event, starting a tradition for the school and keeping Harper's memory alive for years to come.

(Left: 17-year-old Harper Stantz. Photo: Legacy.com)