Chamber, MPS partner for annual school clean-up

Posted by: Latasha Ross

MONTGOMERY AL - The Montgomery Area Chambers of Commerce is recruiting teams of volunteers for its annual School Clean-up event July 27-August 7, 2010.

Each year the Chamber teams up with Montgomery Public Schools to help spruce up the school buildings before students return for the new school year. Typically, over 1,000 people turn out each year to take part in the event. Volunteers help by mowing grass, trimming hedges, installing new landscaping, painting, and more.

"The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce's School Clean-up is one of the best ways the Montgomery business community and the general public can show their support for our local public schools and our schoolchildren," said Anna Buckalew, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce senior vice president. "The clean-up is a great morale builder, not only for the children but for the team members who turn out to make a difference in these kids' lives."

Last year, all 58 Montgomery Public Schools were sponsored however this year 11 of those schools are still available for adoption. The School Clean-up event is not only open to local businesses, but to anyone who can pull together a team, from churches to families.

Championing public schools is one of the four goals of the Chamber's "Imagine A Greater Montgomery" economic strategy. The goal of this project is to ensure that students come back to school to campuses that are clean, free of clutter, and ready for great minds to develop.

For more information about the annual School Clean-up event, contact Nancy Beggs at, or at 334-230-8356.