Residents at a local shelter took time on Earth Day to clean up a neighboring park. These women take part in a class at the shelter that educates them on giving back to their community. Case Manager Shannon thought cleaning up a park where some of them spend their time away from the shelter would be a great idea. These women picked up one full bag of litter and one pound of cigarette litter!
Lincoln Elementary School is registered as a Nebraska Litter Free School Zone. The second graders wanted to make sure their school was clean and presentable for their end-of-the-year school picnic and also litter-free! They took time out of their day to pick up their schoolyard, but made sure the neighboring park and pool area were also clean!
On May 9th, Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful (KRCB) launched the 17th annual Great American Cleanup in the City of Riverside. Over 1,000 community volunteers took on critical neighborhoods at 59 cleanup sites citywide. Projects included: litter and weed abatement, graffiti eradication, cleaning local waterways, and planting trees in a residential neighborhood. Special thanks go to the crews from Athens Services, Burrtec Waste Industries, and CR&R Environmental Services for following the volunteer’s efforts that day, collecting over 16,000 lbs. of litter, debris, weeds, and bulky items. We would also like to thank our national sponsor, Niagara Bottling, whose employees brought their families to assist the cleanup effort in Riverside, CA.
Cities today often operate on shoestring budgets, making the community improvement work of volunteer-based organizations like ours highly valuable. We plant trees, clean up litter, encourage recycling and enhance our surroundings – all efforts to improve the quality of life for Mississippians.
This year, as part of our Great American Cleanup State Kickoff, we worked with Keep Ridgeland Beautiful to transform a small park into a community resource.
Nestled in the historic McLaurin Heights neighborhood, Keep Ridgeland Beautiful board members discovered the park a few years ago and saw it as an opportunity for improvement by adding a picnic area, seating and improved recreation features. This cleanup helped Ridgeland take this park to the next level.
“We’re so thankful to all of the volunteers and partners who came together to make this project possible,” said Jan Richardson, chair of Keep Ridgeland Beautiful. “These upgrades to Midway Park are a blessing to the nearby neighborhood.”
One neighbor at the event told us, “I plan to keep an eye on this park and make sure its users keep it up.” It’s great to see how engaged the neighbors are.
During the cleanup, about 85 volunteers helped install grills, picnic tables, benches, trash, recycling receptacles and even a pergola. Students took the lead on building the pergola as part of a Technology Student Association construction challenge.
The basketball court was resurfaced leading up the cleanup, and volunteers striped new lines, cleaned backboards, put up new nets and added another goal. Volunteers also added wood chips to the park’s playground, where city employees installed to spring riders for young children.
We can’t forget our many volunteers with green thumbs. We spruced up the park with six new trees, dozens of shrubs and flowers, and fresh pine straw to enhance the aesthetics and soil of garden beds. They also picked up litter near the park, including a neighboring wooded area.
And finally, the park got an official sign, which will help ensure Ridgeland citizens know about this local place.
We’re thankful for the volunteers who gave their time and to our many sponsors who helped us make this work possible. Sponsors included: Keep Mississippi Beautiful, Keep America Beautiful, Keep Ridgeland Beautiful, City of Ridgeland, Bulldog Construction Company, Bufkin Mechanical Inc., Waste Management, Ad Camp Inc., Southwest Distributors, Troy-Bilt, Brown Bottling Group, MMC, Colonial Heights Baptist Church, Audubon Homeowners Association, First Ridgeland Baptist Church, Mississippi Railroad Association and Ridgeland City Garden Club.
It’s amazing how we can improve and enhance places, like Midway Park, when working together. Projects like this one are happening across Mississippi as part of the Great American Cleanup, a nationwide clean sweep. More than 200 Great American Cleanups will happen in Mississippi from March to May. Let’s keep up the good work in keeping Mississippi beautiful!
As part of our Great America Cleanup (GAC) events, we enlisted students at our local college (LSU at Eunice) and youth from a local First Baptist Church as well as youth from Eunice High School. These young people are becoming more aware of the litter problem in our town and they are acting as per review advocates to clean up our city.
Keep Cass County Beautiful appreciates the hard work from these students who conducted a litter cleanup of a portion of Highway 50 south of Weeping Water, downtown Weeping Water, and the local park areas. The students along with their school sponsors (Sarah Roehl, FCCLA; and Sue Heinz, FBLA) collected 18 large garbage bags of trash. Terrific Job! Thank you for helping keep Cass County Nebraska clean and beautiful!
Keep the Midlands Beautiful (KMB) did a monthly Good Clean Fun Saturday litter pickup. We had a few volunteers come out to help, despite it being an overcast gloomy day. Even as it started to sprinkle, they continued to work to clean up the streets around the Midlands. KMB is so thankful to the schools and volunteers who make projects like these possible. Without their input, KMB would not be able to accomplish half of what we do. We sincerely thank everyone for their efforts.
Wow, April is almost over! Keep the Midlands Beautiful has had a busy, but fun month. We started the month with a local school wanting to do a 2 day service learning project. These children ranged in age from 8 to 18. They worked with a local police officer to cleanup senior citizens yards. Both days, 20+ students showed up to cleanup 3 to 4 people’s yards. The students really enjoyed getting out of the classroom and giving back to their community.