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"Operation Clean Sweep" draws hundreds of volunteers

By: Laura Beranek Email
By: Laura Beranek Email

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) Park officials kicked off the annual "Operation Clean Sweep" at Jenny Wiley State Park Saturday morning.

Groups like Boy Scouts, Girl Scots, JROTC programs, and PRIDE groups from various schools pitched in to clean up Dewey Lake and surrounding areas.

A group of fifth graders from Prestonsburg Elementary Schools spent their morning outside of the classroom.

"We found aluminum, plastic, and paper." said student Grace Thomas.

They weren't alone.

Hundreds of volunteers turned out, lending a helping hand in Floyd County.

Park officials say Saturday's warm and sunny weather drew out more participants than they expected

"It is close to double actually," said park manager Julian Slone, "We had 150 or 160 probably last year. We're up to about 300 so it's a really nice turnout."

Volunteers began picking up trash all over the park around 9am.

A few hours later, they then got to relax at a cookout at the campground.

Many helpers say they also got to have a little fun.

"We did find a washer. That was probably the biggest interesting thing," said Pike County Central JROTC member Timothy Michael Jenkins.

"The best part of today was helping the environment with my friends," said Prestonsburg Elementary fifth grader Logan McKenzie, "And my favorite teacher."

All pitching in for some spring cleaning, with a few extra perks.


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