Over the course of the past year our economy has been stunted and its affects have been felt throughout our community. This summer is a time for rebuilding. Through the weekend of May 7th & 8th nearly 100 people including City & Borough of Wrangell, WCA, & KSTK staff, community volunteers and students & teachers of the Evergreen Elementary School joined hands to ensure that our most cherished attractions, waterfronts, and greenspaces look fresh, inviting, and beautiful.
While Wrangell may not see the full sailing of ships throughout southeast this season, the community will still benefit from out of state independent travelers and our friends and families that visit the island. We wanted to make sure we were putting our very best foot forward as we move into a new season of opportunity. Our efforts foster new energy for private businesses, encourage visitors to return and give rise to our sense of community pride.
Wrangell Parks & Recreation was moved by the collaborative effort to spruce up the downtown corridor. We hope to continue building on the foundation of service that exists in Wrangell. Many hands make light work. And, it’s the residents who deserve the joy and glory of a clean community most.
MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK
Tammi Meissner of SEARHC and Police Chief Tom Radke joined 45 students from Evergreen Elementary School to sweep the streets, removing cigarette butts and micro trash along the downtown corridor, stretching from the Harbor Office all the way to City Dock. The students collected over 1,500 cigarette butts and numerous bags of waste. Students learned about the harmful effects of cigarette smoke to their bodies and the environment. They also learned about personal accountability and stewardship. This isn’t the first time Tammi has joined up with community efforts such as this. She is constantly reaching out to find ways to collaborate with others and improve the impacts of each effort. We are grateful for her and the Police Chief. They are both extraordinary role models for youth in Wrangell.
Special thanks to Jen Davies, Brian Merritt, Odile Meister and Tawney Crowley who rallied their classes and encouraged them to be a part of the solution. Teaching is not an easy role, but these folks do it with class and ease.
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