Friday, March 28, 2008

Great American Clean up

Great American Cleanup 2008
Keep Carrollton Beautiful

GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP 2008 Saturday, April 19th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, City Hall parking lot, 1945 E. Jackson Road, Carrollton, Texas 75006

Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest community improvement program, takes place annually from March 1 through May 31, involving an estimated 2.8 million volunteers and attendees. The hardworking volunteers donated more than 7.7 million hours in 2007 to clean, beautify and improve more than 17,000 communities during more than 30,000 events in all 50 states and beyond.

Nationally, last year’s Great American Cleanup netted 200 million pounds of litter and debris; planted 4.6 million trees, flowers and bulbs; cleaned 178,000 miles or roads, streets and highways; and diverted more than 70.6 million plastic (PET) bottles and more than 2.2 million scrap tires from the waste stream. Last year, 1069 Keep Carrollton Beautiful volunteers spent 4,840 hours collecting 16,850 pounds of litter and debris from green belts, streets, parks, rivers and shorelines in Carrollton. We are planning to add a great deal to that total this year.
Keep Carrollton Beautiful educates citizens about their responsibility in litter prevention; ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and rebuy; and properly manage waste materials. Keep Carrollton Beautiful also forms strategic partnerships with businesses, organizations and individuals to beautify and improve our community.
Join us!

Plan for a morning of community service on Saturday, April 19th
Register your group HEREand get registration and volunteer release forms
Fax or email registration before April 4th

Fill out volunteer release form for each participant and bring the day of the event

Come to the back parking lot of City Hall - 1945 E. Jackson, 75006 - at 9:00 am

Get your trash bags, gloves, t-shirts and assigned area map or tell us where you want to clean
Clean your assigned area and bring your trash back to City Hall to be counted –
unless it is too large to move (get specific location for City to pick up)
Give us your trash, get freebies from our sponsors, play an environmental game, have lunch and celebrate ! If you want to order a Great American Cleanup patch, bring $2.00 per patch Look for final wrap up in Dallas Morning News’ Carrollton Neighbor, Carrollton Leader and on our website
Great American Cleanup 2007 Wrap-up

Keep Carrollton Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup was a smashing success – counting only the reported events, Adopt-A-Spot, HOA and school cleanups – they collected almost 16,000 pounds of trash and debris and recycled 4,100 pounds of newspaper and drink containers! During the Great American Cleanup, 1013 volunteers spent 4669 hours cleaning Carrollton – volunteers really make a difference!

More than 500 participants at Kent Elementary’s Earth Day celebration stated the roll. Their PTA and Keep Carrollton Beautiful won State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Award grant to fund planting 600 flowers and a tree. Keep Carrollton Beautiful gave their contest winners t-shirts and prizes for their efforts.

The Great American Cleanup event netted 4000 pounds of litter and debris collected by 250 volunteers. The volunteers all received praise, t-shirts and lunch. A good morning spent working in the community for a great cause!

Adopt-A-Spot, Home Owners’ Associations and other schools held cleanups as well. Kent Elementary even had a Multi-Cultural Night to learn about different cultures, geography and environmental issues affecting other countries.

Intuit Inc. and Exponent HR brought Keep Carrollton Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup to a dramatic close by collecting 1600 gushy pounds of trash out of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River and surrounding McInnish Park. Intuit’s “We Care and Give Back” team have been partnering with Keep Carrollton Beautiful to clean the river for four years now. “These guys are so enthusiastic, we love helping them. And they spent 238 hours helping Carrollton. We really appreciate them,” said Sharon Goddard, founder of Keep Carrollton Beautiful.

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