BROOKLYN - Volunteers in Bensonhurst waged a war with litter today as part of Speak Up and Clean Up.

Between 86th Street and 25th and 18th avenues, approximately 50 high school students armed themselves with shovels, brooms, trash bags and gloves in an effort to make their neighborhood more attractive.

The event was organized by Assemblyman William Colton and Council Member Vincent Gentile's office.

In addition to the physical cleanup, the students also went to store owners in the area and handed out information regarding sanitation guidelines, rules and ways they can do their part as residents.

This is the 10th time a neighborhood cleanup such as this has occurred since launching Speak Up and Clean Up two years ago.