The wind whipping through the trees and open spaces Saturday afternoon didn’t deter a group of young adults determined to keep their community clean.
Already the Elkin Jaycees had to reschedule their first Adopt-A-Street roadside clean-up twice due to wet and inclement weather, so the sunshine Saturday was perfect for the members of the group to don orange vests, black gloves and pick up litter along Claremont Drive.
Jaycees President Lauren Meek said the project was initiated under 2015 President Will Ballard, who reached out to Laura Gaylord, Main Street and community manager for the town of Elkin. “We were looking for another way for our group to get involved in the community,” said Meek.
To official adopt a street, a group must do a litter pick up three times a year, she explained, noting that Saturday’s clean-up was the first for the Jaycees.
In addition to keeping Claremont Drive clean, the Jaycees, an organization for young adults up to age 40, host the annual Freedom Fest at Elkin Municipal Park. Meek said this year’s celebration will be July 2 from 5 p.m. until dark when the fireworks will take place. The event, the biggest for the group each year, will include food vendors, bounce houses and other activities, including a band.
The Jaycees will be volunteering for this year’s first Big Elkin Brewfest as well, said Meek. The group awards an annual scholarship, the Penny Walker Remembrance Scholarship, to an Elkin High School senior. She said applications are available now for the scholarship, which they prefer goes to a student planning to study a medical field.
Other causes and activities are decided upon by the members of the Jaycees as they arise, Meek said.
Any money raised through fundraisers is donated to the North Carolina Jaycees Burn Center.
The Elkin Jaycees meet every other month on the third Monday at Fairfield Inn. The group has 25 members at present.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.