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Helping clean St. Andrews
Groups aim to support keeping community vibrant
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A truckload of volunteers from the Hawk Enrichment Center pitch in to clean up the St. Andrews community. - photo by Special

      The St. Andrews Community Neighborhood Association held their 5th Annual Community Clean-up Day in Sylvania Saturday.
      Several organizations came together to participate in the community clean up, said Chris Thomas, president of the association.
      "Every year the association strives to keep our community clean by implementing this clean up," said Thomas.
      The community that makes up the area around St. Andrews United Methodist Church always has been considered St. Andrews Community, he said.
      It was one of the first black communities established in Sylvania, Thomas said.
      The area used to be a thriving and vibrant community, he said, and when drugs became a bigger issue and properties began to run down, community members came together to form the St. Andrews Community Neighborhood Association and "take [the] community back."
      It is a group concerned with making the community a better place, he said, and one citizens can be proud to be a part of.
      The clean-up covered the ground between First Street and Abram Street and from Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. back to Highway 301, Thomas said.
      "These streets make a big square that make up the community," he said, "with the church situated right in the middle."
      Participants picked up trash throughout the community, and when needed, the association partners with local lawn care services to groom the yards of senior citizens prior to the clean-up day.
      About 25 youth from Hawk Enrichment Center participated in the clean-up, said Thomas, who is also the CEO of the center that provides after-school activities for local youth.
      In addition, the clean-up was supported by Harriet Yancey with Keep Screven Beautiful, who supplied bags and gloves for the youth and other workers who participated.
      Jessie NeSmith, Christine Van, and Elaine Parrish with Senior Works also supported the event. Senior Works out of Statesboro is an organization that helps senior citizens find work that supplements their current income, said Thomas.
Schechinah Worship Center with Pastors Loretta Johnson and Bonita Bryant and Minister Ezra Thomas with Kingdom Purpose Ministry also participated in the community event.
      "We thank the City of Sylvania, Mayor Margaret Evans, and City Manager Carter Crawford for their full support," said Thomas.

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