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2005 - Youth Award - Mixed Ages - NSN Area Prevention Resource Center, Guymon

  Accepting for the Area Prevention Center: Sue Jones, Director
The impressive power of energetic volunteers was on dramatic display in Guymon this April when eight months of meticulous planning by 57 teenagers was turned into a day of cleanup and beautification services by 337 youth and scores of adult volunteers. By the time the National Youth Services Day closing ceremony ended, services worth an estimated $18,000 of time had been donated.

Among the many projects completed were the cleaning up of four ball fields, one soccer field, eight city parks, five schoolyards, an abandoned commercial lot and several alleyways. They also painted three pavilions, 17 tables with benches and covers and a long graffiti-covered wall, along with replacing shrubs at the courthouse and planting two flower and shrub pots at a school.

Amazingly, all this was accomplished before the teams reunited for a celebration and lunch at noon. On hand to congratulate the kids were politicians, dancers form the senior high, the highway patrol and other community leaders.

Our judges hailed this Great American Cleanup project and called it “awesome planning and implementation,” adding that the project, funded by in-kind donations and a $2,000 grant from State Farm Insurance would have a lasting educational impact. When it comes to beautification, the NSN Area Prevention Resource Center sure doesn’t kid around and that’s good news for Guymon and all of Oklahoma.