Landrum High School's Interact Club sent a team this year to help serve alongside 200 other volunteers in cleaning up glass, paper, plastic, fabric garbage, and much more around these vital water sources.
Interact's team succeeded in picking up over 400lbs of trash along Lake Bowen on Compton Bridge Road. This years team included senior Ross Younkman, juniors Chris Bebber, Katherine McMillan, Payal Kerai, Jessica Johnson, and faculty advisor Sarah Manning. "I'm so proud of how hard the students worked!" Manning said beaming, "We were all out there sweating and fighting more than one thorn bush to clean our area up. I'm pretty sure every member of the team earned more than a few battle scars after the experience."
After their hard labor, the volunteers were rewarded with some delicious pizza and a t-shirt to commemorate their efforts. There was a definite difference along the waterways after all the teams were finished.
According to journalist Alison Roberts in her article for GoUpstate.com, "This year, 18,550 pounds of trash was removed from the bodies of water". A pretty impressive number for a group of volunteers on one simple Saturday morning.
Members of the Interact club were excited to be involved. Manning reflected on the day by saying, "I'd like to think that now every time club members takes a drink from their tap or drive past one of these lakes, they'll know they played a part in keeping it clean and safe."