Keep Aransas County Beautiful | "Pirate Student Athletes Sweep Through 35 Bypass"

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The 1st Annual Pirate “Clean Sweep” took place on Saturday, August 11, 2018, in Rockport, Texas. In coordination with Keep Aransas County Beautiful (KACB), the Aransas County Independent School District (ACISD) Athletic Department. Participants including Coaches, Freshman, JV and Varsity student athletes, Emerald Dance Team members, parents and citizen volunteers, cleaned major intersections leading into Rockport-Fulton. ACISD Athletic Director, Jay Seibert, contacted KACB in July expressing interest in doing an annual clean-up as a community service project for his athletes. Diane Tucker, KACB Vice-president and ACISD School Board Trustee, headed up the project.

More than 150 participants met at 9am at the Rockport festival grounds for donuts and kolaches, provided by Rockport Donuts. Participants were given rubber bracelets with the words #ImKeepingAransasCountyBeautiful and were asked to share photos of the event on social media. Five teams consisting of two Coaches, parents and 25 to 30 athletes each were sent out to clean the intersections at State Highway (SH) 35 Bypass and SH 188, FM 1069 (Market Street), FM 2165 (Pearl Street) and FM 3036, as well as the intersection of Market Street and Business 35. The City of Rockport and the RF Chamber of Commerce had asked KACB to focus on picking up the trash along major thoroughfares leading into the city prior to the Hurricane Harvey anniversary events scheduled to take place August 24-26th in downtown Rockport and Fulton.

Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) provided many of the clean-up supplies, including gloves, grabbers, and bags. TxDOT provided orange reflective vests for the participants as well as large trash collection bags. The volunteers picked up trash until 11am, at which time they returned to the Festival grounds for a Bar-B-Que lunch provided by the Shack’s Smokehouse & Seafood. Water, ice and coupons for Free Sonic Meals and Free Drinks were provided by the local Sonic. The coupons were awarded to the athletes who found the most unusual items during the event. KACB was happy to see the Rockport Police come out and greet the students and for the added city and county patrols to keep our students safe.

We are happy to announce that their efforts netted a grand total of 1580 pounds of trash was collected at this 1st annual event! TxDot picked up the trash on Monday, August 13, and took it to the transfer station for weighing. Coach Seibert, KACB and several of the sponsors have already committed to having this event next year in hopes of making it an annual project. KACB wishes to thank all participants in this team effort and wish everyone the best of luck this 2018 Football Season! Go Pirates!

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