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Organizers seek volunteers for ‘Get Swept Up!’

September 9, 2011

By ANGIE CARNATHAN
sdnreporter@yahoo.com

The eighth annual Get Swept Up! takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 7 a.m. until noon, and Greater Starkville Development Partnership representatives say they are still in need of volunteers.
“Get Swept Up! is a great event that brings the community together to show our visitors how much pride we take in our community,” said Robyn Cain, GSDP program coordinator. “We’re hoping to get some more volunteers before Wednesday.”
Cain said they are still a little shy of the number of volunteers they were hoping to have this year.
“Last year’s event was a huge success with over 500 volunteers,” Cain said.
Libby Gerald, Get Swept Up! coordinator, said participation is very important because it shows people from out-of-town the pride we have in our the beauty of our city.
“With the first home football game just days away, we need to look our best when visitors come to town,” Gerald said.
Allan Tucker participates each year with the Rotary Club, which has volunteered every year since the event first began in 2003.
“The appearance of our town is so important and that is one of the main reasons Rotary participates each year,” said Rotary member Allan Tucker. “We like to be involved and do our part.”
Tucker said he enjoys the event and it’s not hard to take a couple of hours out of his day to participate.
“It only takes a short period of time,” Tucker said. “If we have enough people there we can do it quickly. It only takes a couple of hours to make a huge difference in the appearance of our town.”
Both groups and individuals are encouraged to volunteer.
Volunteers will receive a Get Swept Up! T-shirt, a bottle of water, trash bags, gloves and a “buy one Cajun fillet biscuit, get one free” coupon from Bojangle’s in Starkville.
For more information on Get Swept Up! or to volunteer, contact Robyn Cain at 662-323-3322 or rcain@starkville.org.

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