Posted on Jul 25, 2022
Plano West Rotary Club once again showed our commitment to protecting the environment and keeping our city beautiful on July 16 when club volunteers cleaned up our assigned stretch of roadside along Avenue K in east Plano.
Six times a year our club members, led by service project coordinator Glen Thornton, don gloves and reflective vests and venture outside – no matter the temperatures – to pick up and discard roadside litter. This effort has been led by Glen for several years now as part of the city’s Adopt-a-Highway program.
The project reinforces Rotary’s focus on protecting the environment. Removing unwanted litter also keeps our residents, pedestrians and drivers more safe. And our club members feel a sense of pride in keeping this area of our city so clean.
On this particular Saturday it was extremely hot! A total of 10 volunteers faced near-100-degree temps to get the job done in two hours.
Rotarians that joined Glen included Alex Johnson (our immediate past-president), Laura Johnson, Fred Bemenderfer, Peter Niehaus and Mark Israelson. Peter and Mark are two of our newest Rotarians, having joined the club in June. Four community volunteers also joined the effort, two of which were teens.
The volunteers picked up 13 large bags of trash on this particular day. Way to go, Plano West Rotary!
If you're interested in helping with this project, the next clean-ups are scheduled for Sept. 17 and Nov. 19. Kids and teens are always welcome! Sign up here.