FROM READERS: Columbia residents clean up

Saturday, April 14, 2012 | 5:11 p.m. CDT; updated 5:44 p.m. CDT, Sunday, April 15, 2012
Ashley Edwards (left) and Alexa Shelton (right) cleaned around Progressive Missionary Baptist Church for an hour with Alexa's mother Andrea Shelton. They are all members of the church.

COLUMBIA — Volunteer Columbia held its annual Cleanup Columbia event Saturday. Because of rain, some of the 137 groups that signed up decided to reschedule for another day. However, not all volunteers stayed inside because of rain.

Ashley Dawson tweeted at us that there was "not much trash, but plenty of water" as she and the other volunteers from the Resident Outreach Committee cleaned West Broadway. Dawson's group cleaned the area for about an hour and 30 minutes. 

Ed, Sharon and Evan Young cleaned along Smiley Lane between the McDonald's and Smiley Park. They picked up six bags of trash between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Marvin and Laura Wells also came out to clean up their block of Stewart Road between Providence Road and Garth Avenue this morning. They each worked for 30 minutes and gathered a bag of trash and a small bag of recyclables.

The Wells were surprised at how clean their neighborhood was this morning. They said there is usually a lot more trash because of the fraternity houses nearby.

If you also volunteered with Cleanup Columbia today, tell us in the comments section where you went.

Sarah Crites cleaned Old 63, East Campus and College Avenue for an hour and a half with her husband and children. Crites lives in East Campus. After finishing her assigned area, she started working her way into the downtown area that she considers part of her neighborhood.
Boyd Tyree (left) and Terry Ann Lodwick (right) cleaned the area around Scott Boulevard and Hinkson Creek. Lodwick lead the Southwest Individuals Group.
Sarah Humfeld (top), her daughter Nora Humfeld (bottom), her son Caleb Humfeld and her husband Rob Humfeld cleaned Woodridge Park for and hour and 15 minutes.
Will Beucke (left), Carrie Beucke (middle) and Sarah Swofford (right) cleaned Oakwood Hills Park for 45 minutes. They were in a group of five families who are all part of a Bible study group at The Crossing Church.
Zack Lipirea (left), Michael Bangert (middle) and Charles Hinde (left) cleaned around Providence Road for an hour and half with the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Mizzou.
Greg Leonard (left) and Andrea Scharnau (right) cleaned Bear Creek Trail for two hours with the TreeKeepers.

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