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"Mayor's Clean Team" gets to work

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Lots of fresh paint for the Mary C. Jones Development Center on Martin Luther King Drive. It's a daycare that city worker Shirley Russell is very familiar with. "This is my room," she says as she paints the wall.

The 13 one-year-olds she keeps in the room wouldn't recognize it today, but after all the work by the "Mayor's Clean Team", the children will benefit from it.

"I like doing it. I love volunteering, I love to paint, love to get into action with the City of Jackson, with the kids period," Russell says.

Some of the workers are with the Mayor's Youth Council. They're earning community service time, and more. "One of the things we try to do with the Mayor's Youth Council is assist with character development. We've been doing that by teaching them to volunteer and give back to the community without expecting anything in return," says LaSeine Hilliard, Youth Council Director.

Also helping Saturday are family members of city employees. "Cleaning the paint up that drops on the floor. I like doing it," says 6-year-old Sydney Hilliard.

At Smith Park Saturday, city workers could be found putting out about 30 yards of fresh mulch, and flowers in each flower bed. "What I'm doing is putting in some seasonal colors into this flower bed," says Supervisor Azeez Hassan.

A third cleanup effort took place at the Kurts Gymnasium in Jackson. 

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