Mayor Tom Barrett launches annual Neighborhood Cleanup effort

A dozen students are helping city officials in the 2018 Annual Neighborhood cleanup, and have been deputized by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Just off Mount Vernon Avenue, a dozen students from the Don & Sallie Davis Branch Boys & Girls Club sat in on the city of Milwaukee and Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful news conference. 

Cleaning supplies were front and center and they were encouraged to ask questions. Executive Director of Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful Joe Wilson talked with the children and thanked them for coming. 

The departments of Neighborhood Services and Public Works explained how each kid could do their part in making the city beautiful. Wilson told the children more than 57,000 volunteers work to make the city clean after the snow melts. 

Don Schaewe is the Residential Code Enforcement Manager for DNS and gave the kids sound advice, "When you see litter. Please pick it up and throw it away."

Barrett deputized the children, calling them "Litter Marshalls" and encouraged them to help their neighbors and parents pick up garbage in the area.  

Highland Community School third-grader Bobby Baker proudly stuck out his chest to show off his Litter Marshall badge. He's got big plans. 

"I'm gonna go home and clean up my yard and other people's yards," said Bobby. 

After the news conference students were given a tour of Milwaukee's recycling plant. After getting used to the loud noises and odd smell, everyone began to enjoy themselves. 

For more information about the Annual 2018 Neighborhood Clean up, visit their website. 

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