Eureka Springs, Arkansas is a beautiful historic town where the local economy is driven by the tourism industry. The population of the town increases tremendously during the peak of the fall season. Many of the locals depend heavily on this influx of visitors for their livelihood, so the appearance of the town is important to say the least. With many fresh springs and waterways nearby, the town was built on the clear waters that were said to heal. But, throughout history there have been those who seem to care not whether those waterways and roadsides were littered with garbage which end up harming the environment in so many ways.
That is why The Clear Spring School has been hosting their annual fall day of cleanup for over 40 years. Molly Seeligson, one of the school’s founders, had a dream of beautifying Eureka Springs and set the event in motion. It has now evolved into an annual occurrence and offers an invaluable community service experience. The school, from the beginning, has made sure that serving our community is a key piece of our lifestyle, staying true to our mission statement to create a “lifelong love of learning.”
This year the school partnered up with the Great Arkansas Cleanup/Keep Arkansas Beautiful (GAC/KAB) to make the event more accessible to the community. Keep Arkansas Beautiful helps Arkansans plug into local programs and take responsibility for maintaining the state’s scenic beauty, environmental health and quality of life. Clear Spring School’s clean up efforts make a big impact on civic pride, livability and economic growth – creating a community where people want to work, live and play!
By participating in this year’s Trashathon, local residents did their part to help make Eureka Springs a more clean and vibrant community. Everyone in Eureka Springs is encouraged to participate in this year’s litter pickup effort during the Great Arkansas Cleanup. Civic and service organizations, church and youth groups, school groups and clubs, scouts, individuals, families, neighborhoods, and businesses can organize cleanup teams and pitch in now thru October. Eureka Springs is our home and we must all work together to keep her healthy and beautiful. Its important that we do this out of community pride to maintain our outstanding quality of life.
If you would like to join CSS in their annual day of service, volunteers should contact the CSS Development office at (479) 253-7888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the list for 2017.
The volunteers did an amazing job beautifying some very trashy areas of our town and we are so happy that a few members of the community along with Mayor Butch Berry and Bryan Launius, Carroll County Solid Waste Education Coordinator were there to get our day off to a great start!
Clear Spring School Trashathon 2016 was Friday September 9th, 2016 at 374 Dairy Hollow Road, Eureka Springs, AR. Teams were formed and areas to clean assigned. The four groups picked up trash downtown, Pivot Rock Road, Dairy Hollow Road, Grand Street, Harmon Park and Clear Spring School’s Adopt a Highway mile on 23S.
Mayor Butch Berry proclaimed it Keep Eureka Springs Beautiful Day.
Bryan Launis, Carroll County Solid Waste Education Coordinator shared some important information about recycling with the volunteers.
Over $11 billion is spent on litter cleanup nationwide.
Picking up litter is a fun, simple, free activity that can have instant results for your child and your community.
This year’s local cleanup is sponsored by The Clear Spring School, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Keep America Beautiful, and Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation, The City of Eureka Springs, Carroll County Solid Waste.