Cleanup Challenge Going Well, Says KTSCB

Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful says its annual Cleanup Challenge is going well.

The annual competitive cleanup event started in March.

KTSCB Executive Director Linda Scofield updated county commissioners on how things have been going at last week’s meeting.

Scofield said they have had a great response again to the event.

“In April, I reported 81,556 pounds of trash debris, 55 tires, and 2 cars,” said Scofield. “I was going over the numbers and that is nothing compared to what we actually have. It is now tons and it is many cars, it is over 500 tires. We have collected boats. We have taken care of buildings that have abandoned. Trailers have come down.”

Scofield said she feels that it would be beneficial to have such an event more than once a year and plans are in the works to have a similar cleanup event later this year.

Meanwhile, she also took time to recognize one of the teams in the Cleanup Challenge recently.

KTSCB presented certificates to a group of students from Toccoa Falls College that have participated in the clean-up.

That group of students is from an organization at the college, Atlanta Outreach Ministries.

Adam Bowden is one of the students and said while they first got involved in the Cleanup Challenge to try and win in order to raise money for their ministry; the cleanup has taken on a much greater meaning.

“As the project went on, we became more and more enthusiastic,” said Bowden. “We went from roadside litter to helping tear down a barn to helping tear down a house. While we did not win first place, we got so involved in the community and we enjoyed it a lot.”

Scofield said Keep Toccoa-Stephens County Beautiful appreciates the students’ efforts, as well as the efforts of all of the other teams.