Front (l-r): Rotina Walker, Amy Walmsley, Samantha Bonnette, Terri Marshall, Annabel Jones, Jessica McGrath, Jennifer Sheffield, Rosalind LaCour, Sylvia Morrow, Latrece McAllister Middle (l-r): Pat Jones, Michael Braxton, Edd Lee, Steven Fullen, Bryan Wimberly, Rick Nowlin, Juanita Fowler, Lauryn Sharplin, Morgan Byrd Back (l-r): Kendrick Llorens, Steven Gruesbeck, Tony Davis

NATCHITOCHES – In an effort to educate and involve community leaders in the fight against litter in Louisiana, Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) and 29 affiliates including Keep Natchitoches Beautiful participated in a statewide litter-a-thon on March 18th which ended with a press conference in Baton Rouge announcing the results.

Twenty seven bags of trash were collected by community leaders at the third annual “Leaders Against Litter” event, hosted by Keep Natchitoches Beautiful. Leaders Against Litter is a signature event created by KLB and supported by Volunteer Louisiana that gives local leaders the opportunity to demonstrate their support for keeping Louisiana beautiful by leading the charge against litter in our community.

Local government officials, business and community leaders, including Mayor Lee Posey, Parish President Rick Nowlin, Councilwoman Sylvia Morrow, and NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, joined Keep Natchitoches Beautiful at the MLK Recreational Center to participate in the event. Leaders used golden grabbers and wore matching event T-shirts as part of the team to lead the way to a cleaner Louisiana. The leaders then collectively signed a Leaders Against Litter pledge confirming their commitment to SPEAK UP and spread the word that litter is not acceptable, to PICK UP litter whenever they see it, and to STAND UP and lead the way for a litter-free Louisiana.

The Leaders Against Litter events kick off the Great American Cleanup which will be held in Natchitoches on Saturday, April 23rd. Community members and organizations are asked to volunteer to clean a particular park, neighborhood or street as part of a city-wide cleanup effort. Volunteers will be provided with cleanup supplies including garbage bags, rubber gloves, litter grabbers, and reflective vests.

For more information about Leaders Against Litter or the Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 23rd, please contact Keep Natchitoches Beautiful at (318) 352-2746.