In an effort to educate and involve community leaders in the fight against litter in Louisiana, Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) and 27 affiliates, including Keep Natchitoches Beautiful, participated in a statewide litter-a-thon on March 10, which ended with a press conference in Baton Rouge announcing the results.
Forty trash bags were collected by more than 35 community leaders at the fourth 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 Councilman-at-Large Don Mims joined Keep Natchitoches Beautiful at the MLK Recreational Center to participate in the event, collecting various forms of litter to beautify the area in support of Keep Natchitoches Beautiful and volunteerism.
Leaders used golden litter 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 22. 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.