Kyrene Foundation cleans up with streets initiative

Warner Road is a little more beautiful since volunteers from the Kyrene Schools Community Foundation recently adopted the one-mile stretch between I-10 and Kyrene Road. 

The city of Tempe Adopt-A-Street Program offers residents and organizations the opportunity to clean up and give back.

This Kyrene Foundation community service project was organized by foundation board member and Kyrene Corridor resident Mckell Keeney.

Keeney enlisted the help of 23 volunteers to pick up litter on a recent Saturday morning, filling trash bags with everything from hub caps and broken glass to food wrappers and hundreds of cigarette butts. 

Road clean-up volunteers included fellow Kyrene Foundation board members Bryan Swindler and Michelle Hirsch; Keeney’s husband Dave; their sons Trevin and Sean Keeney; and her neighbor Tawn Gale.

Other volunteers included a father and his two daughters from Altadena Middle School and several volunteers from Ahwatukee Foothills Baptist Church.     

Residents and organizations (non-profit or for-profit) are encouraged to join the city’s Adopt-A-Street program.  The city will furnish and install signs crediting the volunteer or sponsor organization for its clean up efforts. 

Participation requires a minimum two-year commitment of picking up litter at least four times a year along a one- to two-mile length of a major Tempe roadway.  Volunteers must be over 12 years old; volunteers ages 12- 18 require adult supervision. 

The city provides required safety vests and litter bags. More information is available at www.tempe.gov/tim/adoptastreet.htm

The Kyrene Schools Community Foundation is a non-profit group that advances the mission of the Kyrene School District and raises money to support teachers, student programs, projects, and scholarships that would otherwise be unfunded.  Find out more about the Kyrene Foundation at www.kyrenefoundation.org .

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