SWLA community leaders, students, help clean up Lake Charles
Students from E.K. Key Elementary pick up trash along 12th St. in Lake Charles (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
Piece by piece, volunteers picked up trash and other debris along a one-mile route on Twelfth Street between Enterprise and Hodges streets.
"We've seen a few cigarette butts and noticed a lot of newspaper articles and then wrappers of candy," said Jorden Robinson, St. Margaret Catholic School student, one of many volunteers at the annual "Leaders Against Litter."
"It is the one thing that does not cost anything for us to solve the problem," said Mayor Randy Roach right before volunteers took off to clean up.
A total of 71 volunteers - elected officials, community leaders, mayoral and city council candidates, as well as school children from across the Lake Area - participated in the statewide litter-a-thon, "Leaders Against Litter" event, aimed at making sure community leaders "Speak Up, Pick Up and Stand Up" to end littering in Louisiana.
All in all, 30 bags and an estimated 550 pounds of trash, including 2,500 cigarette butts, were collected by 71 volunteers at the fourth annual “Leaders Against Litter” event.
"We want to make sure everyone becomes conscious of their litter because it does play a part in infecting the community," said Carmen Gordon Williams with the Keep Greater Lake Charles Beautiful - Team Green SWLA.
"I thought the children should know that it's bigger than our school grounds and they have the opportunity to impact our who community," said Katherine Gertz from E. K. Key Elementary in Sulphur. Third, fourth and fifth graders from the school participated.
Another volunteer, Donald Guillory said, "It's just not cool to throw trash on the ground - just not cool."
Guillory recently joined Team Green because for him picking up trash has become a lifelong commitment.
"I'll be picking up trash until the day I die," he said.
Schools that participated include E.K. Key, St. Margaret Catholic, and Bishop Noland EDS.
Officials who participated included Mayor Randy Roach, City Councilmen Mark Eckard and Dana Jackson, Police Jurors Nic Hunter and Dennis Scott, and School Board member Annette Ballard participated in the event; mayoral candidates Joseph Banks, Eligha Guillory, Jr., and Gary Monbelly; city council candidates Christopher Archinard, Lashawnda Bartie, Fantacee Brown, Eric Doshier, Priscilla Sam, Kelvin Naylor, Sr. and Johnnie Thibodeaux.
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