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April 9, 2014

Volunteers needed for spring cleaning

Annual Green & Clean Day tidies up downtown Logansport on May 3

The annual Logansport downtown Green & Clean Day will shift up a weekend to Saturday, May 3, due to the high school prom.

The event usually lines up with the weekend after Earth Day, but this year that is the same day as the Logansport High School prom, said Becki Harris, executive director of Logan’s Landing.

Harris said a large number of students attend the green initiative, so they decided to make the switch to accommodate for the dance.

In addition to students, Harris said local businesses, churches, Scout troops and service organizations gather to do spring cleaning in the downtown district of Logansport. Harris said the day raises consciousness of cleaning up the town.

“It’s not a permanent fix,” Harris said of the cleanliness of Logansport. “It still needs to be done.”

The green day has been happening in Logansport for several years and even before Harris took over at the nonprofit six years ago.

She said over the past two years, more than 100 people came each year. In 2009, Harris said about 50 to 60 came out to help clean.

People can form groups through their businesses or churches, for example, and Harris said this is the biggest reason for the shift in participation.

People like being part of a team.

“We want their team to get the PR out of this,” Harris said. “And make their team identifiable.”

Harris said this happens through same colored hats, shirts or arm bands. Each group is given a specific area to clean, and the larger area spans from where the Wabash and Eel rivers meet and as far as 8th Street. The green day spans from 9 a.m. to noon.

Even though the event lasts three hours, Harris said volunteers don’t have to be there the entire time. She just wants people to come out and help clean up Logansport.

“Every little bit helps,” Harris said.

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