Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Gift to the Mountain Clean-Up This Weekend

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Keep El Paso Beautiful will host its 10th Annual "Gift to the Mountains" clean-up this weekend, February 27 - 28. In partnership with the El Paso Fire Department, Environmental Services, El Paso Streets Department and over 2,000 community volunteers including the Newman Park Neighborhood Association, KEPB's Gift to the Mountain "focuses on educating and building awareness in the youth of our community regarding the importance of litter prevention and community pride," according to a press release from KEPB Executive Director, Katherine Gunter-Palafox.

"Area high school students compete for KEPB cash awards based on participation. All of the supplies for the clean-ups are available at the KEPB Community Tools Sheds located at 30 fire stations throughout El Paso.

On Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. students will focus on 6 sites: Pelicano and Loop 375 (Socorro High School), McKelligon Canyon (Loretto High School), Diana and Gateway North off of Hwy 54 (Irvin High School), Sue Young Park to Kenworthy (Chapin High School), Billy Rogers Arroyo (EPCC and UTEP) Stiles and Gale (Stiles Garden Neighborhood Association).

On Sunday from 7 until Noon Scenic Drive will be the focus. Newman Park Neighborhood Association members and Scenic Sunday participants will pick-up trash along the drive. Scenic Drive is closed to all motorists from 7 until Noon on Sundays. This year-round program encourages people to walk, bicycle, jog or run the entire stretch of Scenic Drive. (Round trip is approximately 4 miles.)

"Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate," says Palafox.

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