Keep Pascagoula Beautiful Kicks Off 16th Annual Great American Cleanup

Keep Pascagoula Beautiful, which brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, announced Friday the launch of the 16th annual Great American Cleanup.

Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup is the country’s largest community improvement program that kicks off each spring and engages more than 4 million volunteers in more than 20,000 communities nationwide.

Keep Pascagoula Beautiful, along with other organizations in Keep America Beautiful’s national network of community-based affiliates, are planning volunteer events and experiential environment education programs structured to beautify parks, trails and recreation areas, clean shorelines and waterways, reduce waste and increase recycling, remove litter and debris, and plant trees, among other events to inspire generations of environmental stewards.

"The Great American Cleanup is the perfect opportunity for Pascagoula residents, local schools, churches and other organizations to take ownership in their community and give back by committing and taking action to Keep Pascagoula Beautiful" said Kristi Ducote.

The Great American Cleanup kicks off each March with events occurring from spring through fall. Keep America Beautiful and its community-based affiliates are also hosting numerous events in recognition of Earth Day in April.

Here is a snapshot of Great American Cleanup events taking place in the City of Pascagoula in March:

*March 7th – Litter and debris removal from city streets, parks, and waterways including Highway 90, Nathan Hale Ave, I.G. Levy Memorial Park and the lower Pascagoula River Blueway.
*March 7th-Beautification project at the Scranton Nature Center including painting the outside of the building and weeding, planting, and mulching the flower beds.
*Local schools, churches, businesses and other organizations may volunteer any time!

"We serve as a powerful voice and solution provider for communities looking to unlock their potential," said Jennifer M. Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. "During the Great American Cleanup, our volunteers’ work returns on average $175 million in measurable benefits annually across the communities we serve. It’s clear that through our actions and impact, we help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound."

The national sponsors of the 2014 Great American Cleanup include Dow, The Glad Products Company, Lowe’s, Phillips 66, Troy-Bilt(r) Lawn and Garden Equipment, and Waste Management.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering may conduct their own project at a location of their choosing. In order for those efforts to be recorded and to obtain supplies, please register with the Scranton Nature Center at 228.938.6612 or naturecenter@cityofpascagoula.com. The Scranton Nature Center hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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