Keep Big Spring Beautiful worked with nearly 200 Big Spring Junior High students to clean up Birdwell Park, located directly behind their school.
In addition to collecting 2,060 pounds of trash and debris, students came across a lost dog during the cleanup. The dog was brought to Big Spring Animal Control.
Student chose to adopt the park as their project for their Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program. The life-skills program is offered to all seventh graders and taught by a local police officer.
Keep Big Spring Beautiful provided trash bags and gloves for students, and the City of Big Spring donated mosquito-repelling wristbands for the project, which was covered by the local newspaper.
“We hope that it inspires others to take the same pride with the community,” said Teresa Darden of Keep Big Spring Beautiful.
Not only is the park cleaner thanks to the students, but it will also become a safer place, as city officials will use the cleanup as a springboard to clear out more brush, reducing the concealed areas within the park.