By Curt Yeomans
Sixty Mundy's Mill High School students, and five teachers, will walk up and down Flint River Road on Saturday, between Jonesboro and Riverdale, in an effort to fight litter.
The school will be holding its Third Annual Tiger Pride Cleanup on Saturday, from 9 a.m., to 12 p.m. During the event, Mundy's Mill students will walk along Flint River Road, trash bags in hand, and pick up a wide range of garbage they find, from cigarette butts to empty beer bottles to Styrofoam boxes.
The students will pick up trash between Kendrick Road and Thomas Road, according to event organizer J.C. Randall, the school's parent-and-community liaison, and a strength-and-conditioning and linebackers coach for the school's football team.
"First of all, it gives the students a sense of pride, which is why we call it the Tiger Pride Cleanup," Randall said. "They are learning about pride because they are cleaning up their own community. This is our way of taking pride in the community we live in."
In previous years, the cleanup was done on the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday in January. It was pushed back to February, this year, to recognize Black History Month, Randall said.
This year, there will be four student organizations participating in the cleanup, according to Randall. He said those groups are the Science Club, the Future Farmers of America club, the Gentlemen of the Mill club, and the football team.
"The Science Club has been talking to them [the cleanup participants] about the effects of waste on the environment, and why we need to keep the area in which we live clean," Randall said.
He added that members of the public are invited to participate in the cleanup as well, if they choose to get involved.
For more information, call the school at (678) 817-3000.