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Lake cleanup slated April 2
Trinity Standard -

ONALASKA – Cleaning up Lake Livingston is the dream and volunteers are now being sought to help turn it into reality. While the Come Clean Lake Livingston will kickoff in March, it will culminate on April 2 with teams cleaning up designated lake front areas in Trinity, Polk and San Jacinto counties while other groups of expert volunteers will be on the lake targeting problem areas by boat and barge. In addition, organizers of the event will be working to raise awareness of the problem through programs conducted in communities around the lake, such as school recycling contests. This month-long campaign will run through March and is designed to highlight the health and beauty of one of the area's greatest natural resources: Lake Livingston. The main event of the program will be the April 2 clean up. Following the morning clean up session, the volunteers will gather at 2:30 p.m. at the Onalaska Fire Hall for a lunch and brief program. They all will receive a Come Clean Lake Livingston t-shirt. Student volunteers are being encouraged to participate in the April 2 clean up. Schools and youth groups are asked to form teams of junior high and high school students who wish to take part. Each team of up to 10 student volunteers must have at least one adult sponsor. They will be assigned to an area that is geographically close to their school and while participating in the actual clean-up, they will be led by local volunteer coordinators who also live and/or work in that area. Gloves and trash bags will be provided ad trash collected by the student teams will be carried to a local drop-off spot. Youth team sponsors should contact Amy Jackson at (936) 333-5032 for information. To register their team, go to www.thestrengthsgroup.com/. In addition to youth groups and students, community members, churches, businesses and others are invited to take part in the April 2 clean up. Volunteers are needed for a number of tasks including leading or taking part in clean-up teams, registration, lunch preparation, etc. To volunteer, contact the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 327-4929 or, in Trinity County, contact Teresa Gallagher at 594-1234. Lake area businesses also are being asked to help sponsor the event. Contact Sydney Murphy at (936) 327-4929 for sponsorship information. During March, area schools and youth groups are being encouraged to use the Come Clean Lake Livingston event as an opportunity to educate young people about the local environment, create a stronger awareness of local trash and recycling issues and to interact with local volunteers and professionals who have expertise in the local environment. Some activities that are being suggested include a campus or school district recycling contest. Many school districts already have recycling containers for aluminum ans. During March, the collection of cans can be monitored and measured for the Come Clean Lake Livingston contest. Competition can be between grades, classes or campuses and students can be encouraged to bring cans from home and their parent's businesses. Money earned from the sale of the cans could be used by the school to help out with contest prizes or any worthy cause. Come Clean organizers also are encouraging schools to invite speakers to make presentations to the students. Experts are available to speak, present or lead activities. Those interested in scheduling such a presentation should contact the experts directly to obtain more information about programs or topics and to schedule a visit. They include Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens (contact Brandon Mosley at Brandon.Mosley@tpwd.state.tx.us); Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologist (contact Chris Gregory at Chris.Gregory@tpwd.state.tx.us); Piney Wood Lakes Master Naturalist Chapter (contact Susan Tullos at sgtullos@livingston.net, Lester Harlow at eastexappraisers@eastex,net or Susan Moran at skmoran@suddenlink.net); the Lake Livingston State Park (contact Ronnie Johnson at Ronnie.Johnson@tpwd.state.tx.us); or 4-H (Texas Agri-Life) (contact Alyssa Puckett at alpuckett@ag.tamu.edu, Mark Currie at m-currie@tamu.edu or Priss Nelson at apnelson@ag.tamu.edu). Teachers are being encouraged to introduce the Come Clean Lake Livingston campaign to their students by trying to incorporate at least one lesson during the coming months that highlights an issue pertinent to Lake Livingston. Some suggestions for this include an essay or story contest and an extension of the March recycling contests. Science teachers also could explore biology and ecology topics; social studies teachers could look at the history of Lake Livingston, its purpose and its economic impact on the region; and art teachers could have students create original pieces that reflect on Lake Livingston or create awareness posters to be displayed around the school or town.


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