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One Moment, Please... More than a bunch of garbage

Mon, May 5th, 2014
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By Jason Sethre


Fillmore County Journal

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This past Saturday, April 26, the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce, Preston Lion’s Club and City of Preston hosted the first annual “Preston Pride Cleanup Day.”

While we always have more things on the to-do list than humanly possible to finish each weekend, I felt that this was a good event for our family.

So, we arrived at the Trail Head in Preston, along with over 60 other volunteers.

Upon our arrival, right away I recognized quite a few faces. Mayor Kurt Reicks and his wife, Brenda, were lending a hand. All of the Preston Lions Club members were present. Our children saw their friends from school also joining the group. There were really too many people for me to recognize in this brief commentary.

After receiving a map with six zones noted, we decided our family was going to help cleanup around the swimming pool area in Preston.

Since our kids love using the Preston swimming pool all throughout the summer months, they jumped at the chance to help with cleanup.

It was an eye-opening experience for myself along with our children.

As we walked about the property, we pretty quickly realized that there was very little debris laying in the open areas. All of the garbage had blown into the unmowed, untamed areas such as tall grass, tangled trees and fence lines.

And with our garbage bags and gloves, we rummaged through the rough landscape perimeter of the Preston swimming pool.

There were pop cans, beer cans (Bud Light must be popular up by the Preston swimming pool), plastic bags, candy bar wrappers, potato chip bags, and a wide variety of other items.

As we walked along picking up garbage as a family, our children talked about how much fun this was to get out and clean up the Earth. I mentioned that we were getting some exercise, too. And, it truly was a family gathering experience.

We talked while we walked, and we accomplished something positive together.

And, at the end of our walk, we accounted for a large bag of garbage that came from all of us. In total, Sarah Wangen, Preston Area Chamber of Commerce President, told me that all of the volunteers collected more than 30 bags of garbage from six difference zones in Preston.

The next morning, during the children’s sermon portion of the Sunday worship service at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston, Sara Niemeyer, spoke to the children about what we can accomplish when we work together, and how it makes us feel when we help others and do good things. She even referenced how it made her and her two sons, Blaine and Brody, feel when they helped out with the Preston Pride Cleanup Day.

What a great idea! I really hope this is happening in all of our communities throughout Fillmore County. If not, there’s still time.

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