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1999 - Nonprofit Organization Awards - Beautification & Landscaping - Newkirk Junior Main Street


In March of 1997, a group of four middle school students held the first planning meeting for what would become the Newkirk JUNIOR Main Street Program, the first of its kind in the nation. Having been introduced to the Main Street program through a slide show in their 8th grade social studies class, the students became fascinated with the beautiful buildings and the heritage of their community. They wanted to have an active part in preserving those buildings and the heritage. And that's what they set out to do with a mission statement that reads "TO IMPROVE AND PRESERVE THE FUTURE OF NEWKIRK'S DOWNTOWN HERITAGE AND KEEP THE PRIDE THE TOWN HAS DEVELOPED IN THE LAST 100 YEARS."

These ambitious young people have kept up their amazing work, stepping up their pace rather than ever slacking off. Their efforts in cleaning up, repairing, restoring and maintaining Newkirk have earned them not only the respect of the town but also of the state and the nation. This group has been highly recognized for their work, earning numerous awards and honors. And this only spurs them on to greater heights. KEEP OKLAHOMA BEAUTIFUL is pleased to join the ranks of all those who know without a doubt that THE NEWKIRK JUNIOR MAIN STREET PROGRAM IS GOOD NEWS FOR OKLAHOMA'S ENVIRONMENT.