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  • Students honored for work along The Loop

    For more than a year, volunteers have been beautifying a portion of the Pantano section of The Loop from 22nd Street to Golf Links Road through the Tucson Clean & Beautiful Adopt-a-Park and Public Areas Program. Those volunteers will be honored at an Adopt-a-Street Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 16, at a ceremony in the parking lot on the east bank of the Pantano north of Golf Links Road.

    The young volunteers are with PPEP Youth Build Services, a program that receives funding through the Pima County One-Stop’s administration of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The YouthBuild Program is an 8-month intensive program that works with disadvantaged youth to give students the opportunity to earn their high school education and develop needed skills for the workplace and career development. 

    Pima County will celebrate completion of The Loop at three separate events Saturday, March 17. 
    YouthBuild students
    Dignitaries taking part in the volunteer recognition program include:
    • Ron Odell, Pima County Natural Resources, Park & Recreation
    • Glenna Overstreet, City of Tucson Park & Recreation
    • Martha Cantrell, Aide to City of Tucson Ward 4 Councilmember Shirley Scott
    • Ted Prezelski, Aide to City of Tucson Ward 2 Councilmember Paul Cunningham
    • Tom Ellis, Executive Director, Tucson Clean & Beautiful
    The ceremony marks the 351st ongoing Adopt-a-Park and Public Areas project to be coordinated through Tucson Clean & Beautiful. This group joins many other organizations who have helped beautify their adopted parks, streets, paths, washes, and other public areas throughout the Tucson area.

    The Adopt-a-Park and Public Areas program was established in 1984 to address the growing problem of litter. Since that time, Tucson area volunteers have provided more than 300,000 volunteer service hours at hundreds of sites, including more than 20,000 hours in the past year alone.

    Tucson Clean & Beautiful is a nonprofit organization, incorporated in 1985 as the flagship for community-based environmental volunteer efforts in the Tucson metropolitan area. Its programs have grown to address recycling and waste reduction, urban forestry, land stewardship, invasive plant removal, and beautification. Visit www.tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org or call (520) 791-3109 for more information.
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