The Historic Rex Village Restoration Association, Commissioner Sonna Singleton, Keep Clayton Beautiful and Clayton County Economic Development join forces for the annual kick-off of The Great American Cleanup on April 17, beginning with a 10 AM parade at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center.
“On this day all neighborhoods in the county are urged to participate,” says Singleton. “[We] felt this is a great time to clean up Rex Village, bring more attention to the area and get more residents involved in the revitalization project.”
About 300 kids will participate from all eight high school ROTC units alongside boy scouts, girl scouts, citizens, churches and seniors. The parade ends at Historic Rex Village and neighborhood cleanup runs from noon until 2 PM. Food/drinks will be provided.
In addition, Edie Yongue, Executive Director of Keep Clayton Beautiful, aptly describes how and why residents should participate and feel a sense of P.R.I.D.E. about their neighborhoods:
“Property value enhancement
Recycling is good for a community
Everyone is essential.”
Participants may use their own tools and supplies, but donations are still needed for the cleanup effort, such as: pruners, sling blades, wheel barrels, flat front shovels, work gloves, garbage bags, push brooms and rakes (a release will need to be signed when using certain borrowed tools). Bottled water, hot dogs and buns, condiments, napkins, etc. are also needed. Bring donations the day of, or contact Yvonne Abraham (firstname.lastname@example.org) to deliver beforehand.
Remember to wear boots or proper shoes and clothing appropriate for cleaning up outdoors!
“We hope to draw attention to the impact of what is needed to restore Rex Village, and to preserve a part of history that we all can be proud of,” says Historic Rex Village Restoration Chairman Paul Abraham.
Add Rex Mill and/or Paul Abraham Jr. as a “friend” on Facebook to view historic photos and keep up with progress. All donations to Historic Rex Village are accepted and appreciated (contact Yvonne Abraham).
Several Clayton cities are participating in the Great American Cleanup which runs through June 19. I will pass on information as I receive it and bloggers are encouraged to do the same.
Sat., May 15: Forest Park citywide cleanup (organized by Forest Park Ministers Association and Keep Clayton Beautiful)