By Karen Daniels
Last Saturday, a day after the thunderstorms and late-in-the-season cool front, Stafford held their 19th Annual Spring Clean Up. A windy day with endless blue skies, the good news is no one broke into a sweat as they collected trash from their assigned areas.
Coordinated by Building Permit Department, Marcia Fouts organized over 600 volunteers, split into 26 teams; and made the day fun. After two and a half hours of collecting trash from around the city, lunch was provided. On hand to help with grilling the hot dogs and hamburgers, Mayor Scarcella, Councilmember’s, and their crew made sure plenty of food was available to say “thank you” to the volunteers.
After lunch the award ceremony was held. Six trophies were handed out for categories like: Most Unusual Garbage (sign that read: Can You Spare the Change), and Most Valuable Garbage (birth certificate), as well as one for the largest team and oldest participant. A hidden treasure was placed in each area with a fake $10 bill that could be exchanged for a real $10 bill.
Groups like the Boy and Girls Scouts, seven different clubs from Stafford MSD, multiple churches and businesses volunteered from the area. For one such group, the CPI Lifeliners, this was their first-time involvement with the event. According to their team leader, Cynthia Toliver, who discovered the event on Stafford’s city website said, “We’ll be back next year. Our company likes to get involved.”
Marcia Fouts is glad to hear that. “Just wait until next year. It will be our 20th anniversary and we’re planning something bigger and better.”