If there is one thing Ardmore Clean Team can’t stand it’s litter. The group has sponsored three Dash 4 Trash events to help clean up Ardmore’s streets. Next weekend it’s the children’s turn to join in the action when ACT kicks off the very first Kids Dash for Trash.
The event begins at Duke’s Forest at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, and different teams will then spread out all across Lake Murray State Park to pick up litter.  Every team will be given trash sacks, gloves and trash grabbers.
Margaret Ward, ACT co-founder, said that while the event is focused on children ages 5 to 18 the entire family is welcome to pitch in. She added that children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
At 1:30 p.m. everyone will meet back at Duke’s Forest to show off their haul. The Kiwanis Club of Ardmore will be on hand serving everyone lunch and ACT will give out prizes. Ward said she hopes this event will help teach children to be more mindful of litter.
“If we can just get kids to start noticing litter while they are young, when they grow up they won’t want to litter themselves,” Ward said. She then shared a story of one little boy from Madill who is already not afraid to get his hands dirty picking up litter.
“He was out with his mom and told her he wanted to get people out to clean up all the trash,” Ward said. “So he and his mom organized a clean up day. He made up flyers and signs, and they even got a gift certificate for a prize.”
Unfortunately, nobody came out to participate the day of the event.
“Hearing that just broke my heart. So now I’m organizing a cleanup ,and we’re all going out to Madill on May 18 to help him clean it up,” Ward said. “It’s all about one community helping another, and that’s what we’re going to do.”
To sign up for the Kids Dash 4 Trash visit ACT’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/360342387637511/ and fill out the form provided. Forms must be returned to the Ardmore Beautification Council office or mailed in to ACT’s P.O. Box by May 2.