getting badges for picking up rubbish

  • Barque

    Senior Member
    A school might give its students badges as a sort of certificate that those students had achieved something. In this case it refers to badges for social service like picking up rubbish from the streets.

    badge (WR dictionary): a special mark, token, or device worn as a sign of membership, authority, or achievement.

    The writer's referring to the fact that such badges might be handed out at a function that the parents might want to attend but might not be able to.
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