More than 1,000 students are expected to converge on their respective campuses Saturday to clean up their act and compete for money for their school.
It’s part of the fifth annual Think Green, Think Clean Litter Challenge, sponsored by the Lebanon Beautification Commission, Cumberland River Compact and Wilson County Stormwater Group.
““I know this is our fifth year, and typically we have ranged about the same number of participants every year,” said R.T. Baldwin with the city of Lebanon and an event organizer.
Last year, 1,019 students, accompanied by parents and teachers, collected 23,000 pounds of litter and hundreds of large items from in and around Wilson County. And Baldwin said even more students are expected for Saturday’s event.
Participants are invited to meet at their respective schools at 9 a.m. to start collecting trash. Participating schools include Lebanon High, Watertown Elementary, Coles Ferry Elementary, Byars Dowdy Elementary, Castle Heights Elementary, Sam Houston Elementary, Walter J. Baird Middle, Carroll Oakland Elementary, Southside Elementary and Winfree Bryant Middle.
Baldwin said more than $10,000 in cash prizes are up for grabs for the individual schools that have the most participants and collect the most trash.
Think Green, Think Clean will culminate Saturday afternoon at the Recycle Carnival at the Wilson County Fairgounds to weigh the trash collected, tally the number of participants, award prizes and generally allow the students to reap the rewards of a morning of hard work.
Jared Felkins may be reached by calling 615-444-3952 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.