Rosemont Baptist Church hosts sixth annual community cleanup - - Jackson, MS

Rosemont Baptist Church hosts sixth annual community cleanup

April is Keep Jackson Beautiful month. Source: WLBT April is Keep Jackson Beautiful month. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

In April, we celebrate Earth Day nationwide.

Here in the Metro, we celebrate Keep Jackson Beautiful Month!

Rosemont Baptist Church teamed up with Keep Jackson Beautiful and Working Together Jackson for their sixth annual Community Cleanup on Saturday.

The first year, volunteers picked up about 11 tons of trash.

The Community Cleanup has expanded, with more people showing up each year. Luckily, the trash problem has gotten a bit better.    

"When we go through the community now, we can see individuals who are maintaining and continuing to maintain their properties now," said Father Jimmy Lee Edwards, the pastor at Rosemont Baptist Church. "They're cleaning up a whole lot better themselves."

"[They're] cleaning up curbs, shovels, we have weed eaters, lawn mowers. So we're gonna have different groups doing different things," explained Alicia Crudup, the executive director of Keep Jackson Beautiful.

Ten-year-old Arlynn Williams' reason for volunteering is one we could all pay a bit more attention to.

"So I can help the environment!" said Williams.

Helping the environment is a major goal for Keep Jackson Beautiful.

"This year we're trying to promote recycling - the things that can be recycled, because about 85% of the things that are out there can be recycled," said Crudup.

Rosemont Baptist Church isn't stopping with helping the area aesthetically. They've got even bigger things planned.

"We're getting ready to rehab houses in the community, we're developing a community land trust where we purchase houses from the state," said Father Edwards.

If you'd like to help out, Keep Jackson Beautiful posts all of their upcoming community projects on their event calendar.

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