Keep Lewisville Beautiful celebrated its 31st annual citywide cleanup Saturday April 1 with a special Earth Day Expo. This free event was held in conjunction with the Keep Texas Beautiful Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off and the Keep America Beautiful Great America Clean Up activities. More than 600 volunteers showed community spirit by working hard and helping remove more than seven tons of litter from Lewisville streets, parks, historic cemeteries and creeks. Volunteers contributed 2,704 volunteer hours valued at $67,897 in litter abatement services for the Lewisville community and cleaned more than 80 locations across town.
Lunch, T-shirts, goody bags and door prizes were provided by KLB and event donors. An environmental expo and Earth Day Celebration were also held onsite, with a special Earth Month kickoff where volunteers were able to plant and decorate a planter with wildflower seeds. A big thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who worked so hard to make Lewisville a better place to work, live, and play!
Six teams were awarded trophies for their hard work. Youth group winners included the
LHS National Honor Society and E-Club who picked up 48 bags of trash for the large
youth group category (more than 10 participants), and a tie between Boy Scout Troop 114 and the Ngan Phan Group who each picked up 13 bags of trash in the small youth group (fewer than 10 participants) category. For the adult small group, Texas New Mexico Power Company picked up 45 bags. The Lewisville Texan Journal team partnered with LHS ROTC and together, the groups took home the adult large group trophy, removing 92 bags of trash along highway 121 and LISDOLA.
Several unusual items were found, including a rocking duck, a psychedelic painted door, a movie production replica $100 bill, a Christmas ornament filled with duck feathers and more. LHS Student Council won “most unusual item” trophy for bringing back the duck rocker, which was found in a creek.
“We are excited to announce the results of our city-wide cleanup. It is amazing to see so many people who care about our community and our environment by getting involved with the KLB organization,” KLB Executive Director Amy Wells said. “You would think that after 13 years of being with the organization that I wouldn’t be surprised at these events, but you never know what volunteers are going to bring back. They work so hard and truly make a difference in our community. We are so grateful for their support of the organization, and to be able to work with them to make our community a more beautiful place to live, work and play.”
Keep Lewisville Beautiful would like to thank all of the volunteers and sponsors that made this event possible. Sponsors and donors of this event include City of Lewisville, Waste Management, Republic Services, Downing & Rink PLLC, Pei Wei, DATCU, Lone Star Storage, Don’t Mess With Texas/ TxDot, Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep America Beautiful, Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce, Bahama Buck’s, Yogurt Zone, Target, Lowes, Chasin Tail BBQ, Texas Rangers, Marco’s Pizza, Texas Motor Speedway, Salvation Army, Rich Lubke Organic Community Garden, and Schlotzsky’s. KLB would also like to thank our Earth Day booth sponsors: The Lewisville Police Department, The Lewisville Fire Department, Lewisville Lion’s Club, Salvation Army, LLELA, Waste Management, The Army Corps of Engineers, Upper Trinity Regional Water District, and the City of Lewisville Sustainability, Lewisville Library, Neighborhood Services and MARTY for providing education and giveaways to event participants.
If you did not make the April 1 date, there is still time to organize your own clean up, Adopt-A-Spot, or have your own Clean Stream Team that you can care for year round. For more information or to become a member Keep Lewisville Beautiful, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-538-5949.