Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful- Tampa Bay, FL
On Saturday, April 27, over 3,000 Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful (KTBB) volunteers participated in Great American Cleanup activities at 84 different sites throughout the community. While there were numerous projects taking place, most volunteers focused on litter abatement.
During the event, volunteers contributed to Keep America Beautiful’s 2013 Vibrant Communities Impact Goals by collecting 65,000 pounds of trash, cleaning up more than 25 illegal dump sites and removing almost 100 littered scrap tires. They also planted 250 flowers and 940 trees. Together, the volunteers restored more than 400 acres of parks, 100 miles of roads and 50 miles of shorelines throughout Hillsborough County.
Patricia DePlasco, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful’s community education liaison, said this year was most meaningful because there were so many different people engaged at such a wide array of sites. She explained that because of this, “We were able to interact with volunteers and explain to them why what they were doing is so important.”
As part of KTBB’s “Keep Our Schools Beautiful” program, high school students were encouraged to mentor, partner, and assist others with their community improvement efforts. For example, Jesuit High School students partnered with individuals with disabilities during the Great American Cleanup beautification project.
“The students took their cleanup responsibilities very seriously at the ‘Down and Dirty at Lowry Park’ site,” DePlasco said. “They’re determined to keep the Hillsborough River clean – even by climbing into the vegetation to pick up debris.”