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2003 - Community Effort Award - Population 2,000-10,000 - Town of Newkirk

With the ingenious idea to pair civic groups with elementary school classes, the Newkirk Junior Main Street students have found a winning formula for an annual community clean-up that our judges called "strong" and "very impressive."

This April, the 165 volunteers spent more than 250 hours bagging 124 bags of trash and were treated to free hot dogs and hamburgers as a thank you. Also, throughout the year, the Rotarians and the Lions worked to keep Highway 77 clean, and Newkirk Main Street brought 150 women to a special downtown clean-up called "Company's Coming."
With sweeping results year after year, the town of Newkirk's spring clean-up sets a sparkling standard for all and inspires good news for clean communities across Oklahoma.