Help Scotland County be more beautiful

Tonia Stephenson Chamber Chat

March 18, 2014

As I drive down some of our streets, I think back to my school days and I can’t remember the class that taught me to throw trash out the window. As a matter of fact, I’m quite sure that my mama would have been judge and jury had I done something like that with the results not being in my favor.

Even though most of us are responsible when it comes to trash, unfortunately, we do have people in our community who believe our roadways are their trashcans. Some of our areas are littered with fast food cups, wrappers, and more. There are places that look like a group of people gathered and had a picnic and left their trash. Or sometimes, you may see on the side of the road a place where it appears someone brought their trash bags from their home and decided to throw them out their window as they were driving down the road. This trash is ugly to our city and county and unfortunately, it appears that our community does not show pride, however, my experience shows that our citizens are very prideful.

This spring, the Chamber’s Green Committee will hold its semi-annual Litter Sweep, hosting a week of litter collection, which will result with two teams winning cash prizes. The Litter Sweep will take place for the week of March 31 through April 5. The group who collects the most in weight of litter will receive a $200 prize and second place receives $100. At least the first 100 people to register for the sweep will receive some type of fast food item for free. This is our way of saying thanks to those who give of their time to clean up our streets. Of course, the real prize lies in having pride for our county and helping it look its best!

The Green Committee needs everyone’s support. If you belong to a Sunday School class, a Boy Scout troop, a service organization, or just have friends or family members who want to be involved, I hope you will stop by the Chamber and register your group to help with the Litter Sweep. We will provide you bags, gloves, and vests. If this is something you are passionate about and would like to lend a hand to the committee to help our county in many ways to be greener and cleaner, please let us know. We would welcome your ideas, time, and talent. I do ask you all, please help us fight litter. If you have trash, please find a trash can; if you see litter, please pick it up. And then, we all can enjoy a more beautiful Scotland County.

Tonia Stephenson is president of the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commcerce.