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2006 - Youth Award - Under the age of 13 - Newkirk Junior Main Street

When a civic club in Newkirk abandoned the town’s annual clean-up drive eight years ago, an organization of seventh and eighth graders stepped in to take it over and they became the pioneering model for similar groups around the nation.  Newkirk Junior Main Street keeps producing amazing results, year after year.

This spring, the group involved more than 12 percent of Newkirk’s population in clean-up and recycling efforts.  That helped them earn their fourth “Hubcap” award from ODOT and a cash grant of 25-hundred dollars from Keep America Beautiful and Sam’s Club. And, no, it’s not true that they’ll use the cash to buy wheels and a car to go with those four hubcaps!

As a result of successfully incorporating plastics recycling into the activities this year, Junior Main Street has been working with the Kaw Nation to generate ongoing recycling opportunities in Newkirk.

“These kids are highly focused and industrious,” one of our judges commented.  “I hope they continue to spread their attributes across the nation!” 

Newkirk Junior Main Street, your members consistently have demonstrated excellence in your community and now are inspiring your state and your nation.  Accept our pride in your accomplishments because tonight we salute you