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KCNB needs American Cleanup volunteers

COVINGTON -- Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful is looking for some willing volunteers to clean up litter and help beautify the county during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program.

KCNB will kick off the cleanup at 8 a.m. March 27 at the Kroger stores on U.S. Highway 278 and Salem Road, where volunteers will gather before heading out to pick up litter.

Kroger will provide breakfast and KCNB will hand out T-shirts while supplies last, as well as garbage bags and safety vests. Groups can choose the area they want to clean.

"Everyone should make it a priority to come on out on the 27th and help clean up," said Laurie Riley with Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful. "In addition to making our roadways cleaner and safer, the Great American Cleanup offers a great way to show pride in our community and teach children the importance of litter prevention, service and volunteerism."

KCNB measures litter on local roads each year. For the first time in seven years, the litter level has increased, according to Riley. One contributing factor is budget cuts to the Georgia Department of Transportation, which has not been cleaning up roadways or mowing rights of way as frequently, she said.

In addition to picking up trash, groups are encouraged to participate in other projects, such as painting and repairing houses and buildings, planting flowers and trees and starting recycling programs on March 27 or any other date. Recycled paint is available free of charge to residents.

Great American Cleanup registration forms are available from KCNB. Individuals or groups without planned assignments can show up at the kickoff sites to receive an assignment.

Following the Great American Cleanup kickoff event, KCNB is asking residents, businesses, civic organizations and other groups to participate in the Adopt-a-Mile program. In exchange for cleaning up one mile of road four times per year, groups will have a sign placed on the road recognizing their efforts.

The Georgia Adopt-a-Mile program was started by Newton County resident and retired long-time chairman of KCNB, B.C. Crowell.

KCNB also has a neighborhood cleanup program to help residents plan and coordinate efforts to beautify their community. The organization also offers GREATways Grants to fund signage and landscaping at entrances to subdivisions, schools, churches, organizations or towns.

For more information on any of these programs or to register to participate in the Great American Cleanup, visit www.kcnb.biz, call 770-784-2015 or e-mail newtonclean@co.newton.ga.us.