Wilson youths prepare for Saturday’s community-wide cleanup

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:24 PM

The City of Lebanon Beautification Commission along with Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Wilson County Stormwater Groups will hold the 6th annual Think Green, Think Clean! Youth Litter Challenge & Recycling Carnival this Saturday. 

More than 1,000 youths from area schools will pick up litter in their communities from 9 am - noon.  Participating schools include:  Byars Dowdy Elementary, Carroll-Oakland Elementary, Castle Heights Elementary, Coles Ferry Elementary, Elzie D. Patton Elementary, Lebanon High School, Sam Houston Elementary, Walter J. Baird, West Wilson Middle School, Wilson Central High School and Winfree Bryant Middle School. 

“The event is designed to instill the importance of protecting our environment and keeping a litter-free community,” said Richard Baldwin, city of Lebanon stormwater coordinator. 

By participating in Saturday’s county-wide clean-up project, local schools will compete for monetary prizes. Each winning school must invest their prize money toward a beautification project, such as a rain garden, butterfly garden or other environmental enhancement projects. 

This year, organizers expect more than 12,000 pounds of litter to be collected. 

Recycling sponsors include Green Monster and Bridgestone. Bridgestone has joined the event for the second year in a row as the official tire-recycling sponsor. 

This year, Cumberland University students will participate along with a team of 35 volunteers from Bridgestone.  

After the clean-up, there will be a “Recycling Carnival” for all participants at the Wilson County Fairgrounds from noon through 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided along with exhibitor booths and activities for the participants. 

Funds received by the Beautification Commission are used for community beautification projects and education projects relating to preservation and beautification of the local community.

For more information visit lebanontn.org. or call Cheryl Bockstruck at 615-547-1245.

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