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Tradition Continues

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

MCHS senior Kyle Neuhalfen picks up some trash during the most recent Citywide Cleanup.

Since the 1980s the Millington City Beautiful Commission’s Citywide Cleanup has brought people of all ages and diverse backgrounds together with the sole purpose of making Flag City better.

For the last few years one of the leading forces behind the Spring and Fall cleanups has been Jeremy Rochell. Involved in the Citywide Cleanup for nearly 15 years, Rochell started picking up litter and trash as a high school sophomore. Now he and the CBC are making it possible for today’s youth to keep the tradition alive.

Several Millington Central High School students from various clubs woke up early Saturday morning and met at Aycock Park for their assignments. They were joined by more than 130 volunteers from organizations like Jesus Loves Millington and Lucy Baptist Church.

The target areas this cleanup was Church Street, Big Creek, Wilkinsville and MCHS. The MCHS students had a special interest in making sure the grounds around their school was crystal clear when they left.

Then the students attacked the trash along Church Street near Aycock Park.

“It’s great and always good to have the younger people involved,” Rochell said. “It keeps things going.”

The several filled trash bags were brought back to Aycock Park for desposal. And a lunch provided by area sponsors  greeted the tired volunteers. Bunny Bread of Memphis, Frito Lay in Bartlett and the Atoka Kroger donated items.

In Millington, the Kroger, Sonic, Save A Lot, Lenny’s Sub Shop, Walmart and Taco Bell provided food and items.

The next Citywide Cleanup will be the spring event on the traditional last Saturday in April. But there will be a change of the fall date.

With so many events normally schedule the last Saturday in October, the CBC is planning to move the event to the third Saturday of October.

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