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La Feria Turns Out for TRASH BASH

Local Volunteers take part in “Great American Clean Up”

An army of determined volunteers of all descriptions descended on La Feria streets last Saturday morning with plastic bags in hand and a smile to do their share in the 2013 Great American Cleanup. It was part of an annual, national campaign to ”Keep America Clean and Beautiful.”

They responded by the carloads to the call by the mayor and city officials because La Feria is a Keep Texas Beautiful affiliate taking part in the annual national endeavor to beautify our environment.

Mayor Steve Brewer and City Manager Sunny Philip were there along with all the elected city officials.

The entire C,E. Vail Student Council joined the TRASH BASH. (l-r) Teachers:  Martin Marquez and Pablo Pena; Project sponsor, Nora Lamas, Assistant Principal; Students: Bianca Losoya, Reanne Fraga, Bryce St. John, Abigail Lamas and Kalyem Marquez.

The entire C,E. Vail Student Council joined the TRASH BASH. (l-r) Teachers: Martin Marquez and Pablo Pena; Project sponsor, Nora Lamas, Assistant Principal; Students: Bianca Losoya, Reanne Fraga, Bryce St. John, Abigail Lamas and Kalyem Marquez.

They shared the task of picking up litter and trash alongside an estimated 150 La Feria I.S.D students,UTPA students, and civic-mined local residents. The mayor added, “There was an added feature in this year’s range of services. In addition to the streets and highways, we concentrated on neighborhoods needing a clean up.

We used city trucks to pick up trash, old sofas, brush, and the like from areas such as Val Verde and Windsong–it really made a difference. The homeowners appreciated it.”

The mayor said “we were so pleased that the La Feria School District has taken an active interest in supporting the city-wide cleanup project this year.” He also wished to give credit to Project Coordinators: Tabitha Outlaw, Olga Oberwetter, and Ben Guerrero. Ben is the La Feria Code Enforcement Officer. “Practically all the High School clubs seemed to be represented in the city-wide cleanup.”

The La Feria school administration decided last year to require 25 hours of community service each year for high school students–that would amount to 100 hours of service before graduation. Taking part in Trash Bash is one of the qualifying activities, along with getting involved with such events as Fiesta de La Feria and city-sponsored parades.

Mayor Brewer expressed appreciation on behalf of the city for the generous sponsorship of civic-minded businesses such as La Feria Medical Center, Top Cut Lawn Care, Septic Service by R & R, J.W. Turner Construction Company, and Allied Waste Services.

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