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Saturday, April 27, 2013

by Kolton Hewlett

On Saturday, April 27, the Leon Chamber of Commerce hosted their Leon Community Clean Up Day.  Their goal was to involve as many people as possible in order to have a noticeable impact on the community.  Almost three hundred volunteers met at the Alco parking lot at 8am to kick off the day. There were many different school and community organizations represented at the event including the Central Decatur Student Council, the High School Football team, High School Biology class, Decatur County R.O.C.C.S, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, and many different 4-H groups, as well as various other community members of all ages. 

They had over forty projects including repairing bricks at the crossing of 1st street and Main Street, painting the front of the Decatur County Historical Society Museum, painting the “Leon” sign at the Golf and Country Club, trash pick-up at on the Little River Lake beach road, trash pick-up around the square, among a multitude of others.  Volunteers completed many different residential projects such as painting, tree and bush trimming, limb pick-up, weed removal, and other house and yard work.

Afterwards, all volunteers met back on the Courthouse lawn for a celebration BBQ with hamburgers cooked by the Cattleman’s Association, as well as many different bars and desserts donated from several community members and organizations.

Heidi Bell, President of the Chamber of Commerce said, "The first word that comes to mind when I think of the Leon Community Spring Clean Up is pride. I am proud of this event on so many levels. Proud that the Chamber made this a priority. Proud of the number of youth and adults that shared their time and talents to benefit their community. Pride in the partnerships of organizations, businesses, the City Council, the schools, and the individuals to make this event happen. Pride in the energy created by many hands working together.  Pride that conversations about additional efforts continued throughout the weekend. However, most important, I am proud to be a member of this small town with the big heart."

“It was great to see the community come together for a great cause.” Said Maggie Lindsey, “When a community works together, good things can happen.  We have amazing youth in our community, and they did a great job coming together to help with this event.”

The Central Decatur Biology class also hosted their electronic recycling program at the football press-box, and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department held their prescription drug program with them as well.

The Leon Junior League held their spring clean-up day for the ball field on this day to go along with the community clean-up day, and had around thirty people that volunteered their time there too.

It was really neat to see all of the different organizations and age groups represented throughout the day.  Everyone had a lot of fun, and it was great for everyone to all come together for lunch and talk about all the different things that were accomplished throughout the day. I’m excited for next year’s clean up, and hope to have even more projects and volunteers.