Amanda Ross arrived on the job as the new Keep Statesboro-Bulloch Beautiful coordinator Sept. 23 and set to work on this Saturday’s, Oct. 5, annual cleanup effort, now called Clean Up the Boro.
Its success will depend on volunteers.
“We jumped in head-first as soon as I started, so we’re planning on having over 200 to 300 volunteers show up,” Ross said Tuesday. “We’re mapping out areas where cleanup needs to happen the most and basically just getting our ducks in a row and making sure that we have packets for everyone that will be cleaning up.”
Clubs, campus organizations, faith groups, teams of co-workers, friends or just individuals can all pitch in. The sign-up tables will be in the Synovus bank parking area off East Main Street across from the courthouse for the work to begin at 9 a.m. and wrap up at 1 p.m. When volunteers sign in, they will get a map and some supplies.
“If you want to work individually, we can probably pair you up with somebody that has a group of three or a group or two, but you can also show up as a group if you are from a sorority or you’re from a group that works in the city, say you’re from a restaurant and want to get a group of people who work in the restaurant to come volunteer,” Ross said.
She called 200–300 volunteers a “baseline” goal and said she and the city would welcome having more.
Volunteers will be asked to leave the trash they collect in designated areas. At the end of the cleanup, those — such as certain college students — who need volunteer credit hours can return to the check-in area for signatures, Ross said.
With its new name, Clean Up the Boro continues in cooperation with nationwide Great American Cleanup efforts, she said.
This year, the city is also encouraging residents to place their past-use washing machines, driers, stoves, tires and yard debris at curbside to help clean up private properties. The city plans to have these removed from its right of ways next week.
A GS grad student
Originally from Wray, which is near Douglas in southern Georgia, Ross went to the University of Georgia in Athens for her bachelor’s degree in human development and family science. She moved to Statesboro a little over a year ago for graduate school at Georgia Southern University. Now 23, she is on track to graduate next spring with a Master of Arts in professional communications and leadership.
Ross is the second coordinator of Keep Statesboro-Bulloch Beautiful since the local Keep America Beautiful affiliate was relaunched in the summer of 2017 after the previous Keep Bulloch Beautiful became inactive. With the city as the local government sponsor, “Statesboro” was added to the name, and the coordinator is a part-time city employee.
Her office is at the city’s Public Works and Engineering Department, next door to City Hall.
Besides organizing cleanup events, Ross is expected to maintain KSBB’s education efforts throughout the year for reducing waste and litter and conserving resources.
“We want to make sure that not only recycling is something that people are educated on but making sure that they understand how to reuse certain items that they already have, so fixing broken lamps or reusing glass or plastics that they have, recycling that as well,” Ross said.
Assistant City Manager Jason Boyles’ memo introducing Ross to the mayor and City Council stated that she “enjoys watching college football and is a huge Georgia Bulldogs football fan.”
“She got an upgrade,” City Manager Charles Penny remarked, to some laughter at the council table, after reading that Ross is now a Georgia Southern student.
She also volunteers with a church youth group and mentors high school girls, Boyles reported in the memo.
Herald reporter Al Hackle may be reached at (912) 489-9458.