R.L. Dunn, member of Sustain Our Communities committee representing Ettrick, was very happy with the turnout for the third annual Ettrick Village Clean-Up Day. Dunn organizes the Saturday morning event, held this year on September 19. Over 125 kids from the Ettrick Youth Sports Association, along with adult volunteers, School Board representative Omarh Rajah, and Board of Supervisor representative Marleen K. Durfee collected over 30 yards of trash. Ninety percent of the trash collected was from people filling up trash bags.
“When we can bring over 100 kids out, that is the key,” says Dunn. “Last year, we took the kids to the state capital for recognition and we got a tour. We will do it again this year. Kids need something to keep them out of trouble, and this is a time to bring all kids together with their parents and it helps the community.”
They began at 7:45 a.m. at Ettrick Park and completed their clean-up at Ettrick Fellowship Baptist Church. The church allowed them to use their facilities and parking lot. Many prizes were donated by area businesses to be used for drawings for the kids at the end of the clean-up. “We had big prizes and little prizes,” says Dunn. “Every kid gets a prize.”
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