Community Forum: Green Up Day helpers thanked

The week’s writer is Melinda Vieux, president of Green Up Vermont.
I would like to express greetings and gratitude to many who made Green Up Day 2017 a vibrant reality. Thank you!
To the volunteers: Over 22,000 people of all walks of life and varied ages volunteered to come out and clean up litter from Vermont’s roadsides, public and natural spaces and waterways. They did this before, during and after the traditional day of Green Up Day, the first Saturday in May, May 6 for 2017.
They worked through varying degrees of weather, including rain in some that forced delay of cleaning to the week-end after Green Up Day. In the Rutland area wind storms joined the rain, leaving thousands without power. In some southern and central areas of the state organizers indicated weather as a definite factor in turnout.
To the Coordinators in each of the 251 towns, including numerous towns with a Co-coordinator:  These caring, dedicated Town Coordinators, working in conjunction with Green Up Vermont — the nonprofit organization carrying on the tradition of Green Up Day, — organized logistics to publicize for participation; informed residents of areas needing cleaning; made the green Green Up trash bags available and advised what to do with filled bags; arranged for and advised any community festivities such as breakfast, refreshments, lunch and in some cases return for gathering at a community dinner; music; raffles.
To the many schools whose students participated: several thousand students around the state helped clean up with fellow students just prior to Green Up Day and also on Green Up Day in their communities with family, friends and neighbors.  A very small sampling includes:  Edmunds Elementary School, North Hero Elementary School, Union Elementary School, Thatcher Brook Primary and Sudbury Country School — which greens up en masse during the school day prior.
To the numerous businesses coming out to help clean up on Friday: over thirty businesses, primarily in large towns, formed teams of employees to help start the Green Up cleaning up on Friday, drawing attention and reminding others to take part in Green Up Day on Saturday. A sampling included Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Gas, Cabot Creamery and Dealer.com.
To Governor Scott: The Governor, with a team of his cabinet members, went out on Friday to clean up a stretch of Route 2 from Montpelier to Middlesex. He is making his presence and support visible to emphasize the importance of Green Up Day.

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