The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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May 1, 2013

Students, staff, city employees fan out to rid Pittsburg streets of trash

PITTSBURG, Kan. — More than 4,000 people, including all students and staff from private and public Pittsburg schools and City of Pittsburg employees, fanned out along 12.5 miles of city streets Wednesday morning in search of litter.

The effort was supported by the non-profit group Pittsburg Beautiful, and by local businesses that donated trash bags and latex gloves. Bags of trash were deposited in a 40-yard dumpster at Pittsburg Community Middle School, which by lunchtime was full.

The event, a first for Pittsburg, was designed to dovetail with community-wide cleanup campaigns by the City and Pittsburg Beautiful. It was the brainchild of Pittsburg school superintendent Destry Brown, who had been a part of similar, smaller efforts in Frontenac and Chanute, Kan., and wanted to try it on a larger scale here.

“It’s amazing what kind of difference you can make in a couple of hours,” he said.

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