REAP kicked off its neighborhood beautification efforts on April 25, 2018 in celebration of Earth Day by cleaning up the area and planting flowers around MLK and South Grand Avenue.
Neighborhood beautification was identified during the REAP engagement sessions as a top priority. Aaron Pinkston-El was selected as our beautification leader and MLK Boulevard was chosen as our target area. The Family Communications Centers coordinated the activities and provided delicious kabobs cooked by J Squared.
We contacted the City of Springfield who provided us with vests, gloves and garbage bags and we inquired about the Adopt-A-Street program. After our second clean-up in this area, we decided to pursue an official Adopt-A-street designation and will conduct three clean-ups per year in our target area to earn our official Adopt-A-Street sign.
At our second clean-up on November 10, 2018, we received some unexpected support from the guys at the Barber shop. When Christopher Jones learned our grill connection fell through and we couldn’t cook food for our volunteers, he went back into the barber shop, took up a collection to purchase us a grill and went and bought one for us saving the day for our hungry crew. So don’t forget to support Trim Setter Barber Studios for all your hair care needs.
So far in 2019, REAP members have performed two clean up days on Martin Luther King Boulevard and South Grand Avenue. We continue to interact with local businesses and residents in these areas during the clean up days to great success.