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Cornelia McGee: Thanks for supporting Great American Cleanup

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Cornelia McGee, coordinator of Keep America Beautiful of Nash and Edgecombe Counties

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BY CORNELIA McGEE
Keep America Beautiful

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The recent Great American Cleanup, held annually and coordinated by Keep America Beautiful of Nash & Edgecombe Counties, included more than 2,023 volunteers and participants joining hands to produce more beautiful, cleaner and greener towns, cities, parks and highways and roadways throughout the Twin Counties.

Big things can happen when communities comes together. Communities become better places to live, to conduct business, and to raise a family. Waterways become cleaner and healthier environments. Lastly, community pride grows. Keep America Beautiful of Nash & Edgecombe Counties’ 2018 Great American Cleanup accomplished this and more, with fifty-five individual litter cleanups, two recycling collection events  — Nash County Recycles Day and Edgecombe County Recycles Day — and a Litter Art Show taking place in the Twin Counties.

More than 1,268 volunteers removed roughly 9,910 pounds of litter and debris and invested nearly 2,311 hours to cleaning and beautifying their communities across the Twin Counties.

Volunteers from the city of Rocky Mount, Edgecombe County, Town of Conetoe, Edgecombe Early College High School Beta Club, Englewood Elementary School Junior Beta Club, Martin Millennium Academy, Nash Central High School Navy JROTC, Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School Key Club and Interact, Northern Nash High School Environmental Club, Rocky Mount High School IB-Program, Tar River Academy, Northgreen Village HOA, Southeastern Rocky Mount Community, Greater Mount Herman Baptist Church, Thornes Chapel Missionary Baptist Church Youth Ministry, Tri-Faith Ministries, Pay It Forward Civitan Club, American Legion Post #293, AARP Tar River Chapter #3942, Michael’s Angels Girls Club, Royal D’Vaz Social Club, Misses Ladies in Action, Men in Action, Project Diamond in the Rough, Friends of Battle Park, Vick Family, Waldrick Family, Highsmith Family, Powell Family, Tim Dutton, Lanny Shuff, Jim Curtis, Bob Hudkins, Kevin DeBruhl, John Todd, Stephen Drake, Brain Walker, Elke Black and Marvin Winstead pitched in and picked up trash.

The Nash County Recycles Day and Edgecombe County Recycles Day attracted more than 455 participants and 50 volunteers. The amount of recyclables collected was impressive. Over 11,960 pounds of electronic items, 15,915 pounds of shredded paper and close to 152 pounds of medications were collected for recycling during the 2018 Great American Cleanup.

Keep America Beautiful of Nash & Edgecombe Counties raised awareness about litter prevention and recycling with local students through the 2018 Litter Art Show Program. The Litter Art Show showcased artwork made from recycled materials and created by students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. For the 2018 show, there were 46 entries and more than 250 students participating from area schools. The artwork was judged by the City of Rocky Mount Tree Power and Keep America Beautiful of Nash & Edgecombe Counties Advisory Board members and medals were presented to students in several grade levels; all students received prizes for participating.

Thanks to everyone who played a part in the 2018 Great American Cleanup — national and local sponsors, media partners, volunteers, City of Rocky Mount Public Works and Water Resources and Parks and Recreation Department, Nash County Solid Waste, Edgecombe County Solid Waste, Community Anti-Litter Coalition, Tarboro In Bloom, Sound Rivers, Nash-Rocky Mount Schools and Edgecombe County Public Schools.

Keep America Beautiful of Nash & Edgecombe Counties couldn’t have done it without you!

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