On May 12, 11 cadets of the Letcher County Central JROTC volunteered for the Cowan Community Center’s trash pickup. The vice president of the Cowan Community Action Group and the Volunteer Program Director, Patricia Yinger, had charge of the trash pickup.
In an interview after the event, Mrs. Yinger was asked, “What was the motivation behind the trash pickup and how was the decision made?”
She responded, “The Cowan Community Action Group Board agreed that the trash around the area was terrible, and it needed to be cleaned up. We agreed that JROTC would be a great partner to do a trash pickup, so we asked SFC Sexton, and his cadets if they would like to volunteer and they agreed. They did a wonderful job, and a lot of the trash in Cowan is now gone.”
Lunch during the pickup was provided by Patricia Yinger, Tommy Fields, and Velda Fraley. The volunteers picked up and filled 138 bags of trash out of the ditch lines and roads.
The cadets expressed thanks to the adult volunteers that supported them in the trash pickup, and also thanked the Cowan Community Center for the thoughts, actions, and effort that it puts forth to keep our community clean.
The cadets said, “The Cowan Community Action Group, with the help of Letcher County Central JROTC, was successful in the trash pickup. Together we made Cowan a much more trash-free community, and a much cleaner environment.”
Photos by: Damaris Sexton