Residents and Marion officials went out from seven until eleven Saturday morning for a town wide clean up. The town recently took part in a study by the Main Street Organization, looking for ways it could improve its image. Today's clean up was a start to that improvement.
"Today is clean up day for the town of Marion," says Rita Rawson, the Chairman for Marion's Keep America Beautiful.
The gloves are on, the brooms are sweeping, and the garbage bags are full. The town of Marion pulled out all of the tools essential for beautifying their community. From the city as a whole, to individual yards, the aim of today's clean up was to clear out all of the town's liter.
"Each year, the Keep America Beautiful Foundation, we have to put a day aside to clean up, whether it's cleaning up your town, your yards, your own back yard, your city, just picking up liter, " says Rawson.
It's not just the liter that volunteers and Marion city officials are concerned about. The people of Marion are trying to improve their community in various areas, including the city's overall appearance.
"We're picking up liter, flower beds, planting trees, just anything of that sort."
The work of this cleaning project comes from dedicated volunteers. Rawson hopes more people are willing to step up and help the city of Marion.
"Actually I hope more people get involved. We appreciate all of the people that turned out today. Achievement wise, is making your community look good. And that's what we're trying to do for the town of Marion," says Rawson.
Making Marion look good won't happen all at once. Small steps will likely lead to bigger results in the future. Rawson says it's easy to start making minor changes for the desired improvement.
"Basically, if you see something pick it up. If you drop it off your truck pick it up, it's just that simple."