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Great American Cleanup, Cobb Clean Sweep Coming in March
Great American Cleanup, Cobb Clean Sweep Coming in March

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Cobb County residents and students have a chance to be part of the biggest beautification and litter prevention effort ever.

The Great American Cleanup, which begins Tuesday, Mar. 1, is an annual nationwide community improvement campaign started in 1999 by Keep America Beautiful.

In 2009, Great American Cleanup volunteers donated more than 5.2 million hours of their time to clean, beautify and improve 32,000 communities in all 50 states and beyond.

Cobb County will kick off its leg of the Great American Cleanup with Clean Sweep Cobb, a series of service projects to be performed across the county on Saturday, Mar. 5. Groups and individuals can register by emailing the event organizers no later than Friday, Feb. 25.

For more information, call Annette Clark at 770-528-1135.

Local schools can also participate in the Great American Cleanup by competing for funding from Keep Cobb Beautiful.

Students are asked to plan a cleanup, recycling or beautification project and submit the idea to KCB; the organization will provide the necessary supplies for the event.

If a school's effort is successful, it could win a cash prize to ensure that the program continues.

The school winners from 2010 are:

* Make a Difference Award: Griffin Middle, Smyrna
* Largest Recycling Effort: Russell Elementary, Smyrna
* Outstanding Sponsor Support: Floyd Middle, Mableton
* Largest Volunteer Effort: Pickett's Mill Elementary, Acworth
* Best Sustainability Project: Keheley Elementary, Marietta

Honorable Mentions
* North Cobb High, Kennesaw
* Birney Elementary, Marietta
* Due West Elementary, Marietta
* Kincaid Elementary, Marietta

Registration forms can be found on Cobb County's Great American Cleanup Web site. Registration forms must be emailed, faxed or postmarked by Friday, Mar. 25; school events should be completed and reported no later than noon on Friday, May 6.