Monday, April 23, 2012
St. John the Baptist Parish and the “Keep St. John Beautiful Committee” hosted the largest clean-up day in parish history. A total of 530 volunteers from government agencies, churches, schools, community and neighborhood organizations, firefighters, council members, Parish employees, and individual volunteers participated. “We were elated with the turnout and look forward to increasing that number every year. Dana Milioto did a wonderful job in coordinating the event for the parish. It was a cooperative effort to beautify our parish and we encourage continuation of that cooperative spirit,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. Identifying the link between cleanliness and better drainage, Councilman Lennix Madere said, “I can’t say enough about volunteers in District 3 especially our businesses who participated. We realized how dirty our area was which causes problems for our drainage system. We must do our part to keep our area clean to allow our drainage system to work properly.”
Many volunteers met at the Highway 51 Park to kick off the day, while others headed directly to their clean-up sites. In coordination with the St. John Litter Enforcement Agency, each group selected or was assigned specific areas to clean. These sites included major thoroughfares throughout the parish. “Clean Sweep brought a lot of people and communities together for a great cause. Let’s continue to build on these efforts and keep St. John beautiful,” said Lucien Gauff, Councilman-at-Large, Division A.
To end the day and celebrate a great clean-up effort, volunteers returned to Hwy. 51 Park for food, drinks, and music. “The event was well organized and we appreciated all the volunteers who came out to help clean the housing areas. We can’t wait to participate again in the fall,” said Tim Davis with New Wine Christian Fellowship. In recognizing all those who participated, Councilmember at Large, Division B, Jaclyn Hotard said, “Clean Sweep 2012 was a great success and it was exciting to see so many members of our community pull together to keep St. John beautiful.”
Special thanks go to The Home Depot and PepsiCo for their sponsorship of this year’s Clean Sweep, as well as St. John Parish’s partner organization, “Keep St. John Beautiful”. "We are extremely grateful for all who participated in Clean Sweep 2012. We had a great turnout and a great time. We want to encourage our residents to continue to have 'Clean Sweep' every day in an effort to Keep St. John beautiful year round," said Councilman Michael Wright, District 5. “For the first time, Clean Sweep will also be held in the fall, with a tentative date of September 29, 2012,” said Dana Milioto, Clean Sweep Coordinator. Information will be posted online, and participants are encouraged to sign up early!