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Snohomish’s annual cleanup March 18 helps city sparkle

SNOHOMISH — It’s time for spring cleaning.
Saturday, March 18 marks the 13th annual Snohomish City Cleanup Day, when roughly one dozen churches and community groups plan to help beautify the city and its schools.
“It’s a huge event,” said Mike Johnson, city public works service manager. He noted that last year about
450 volunteers weeded, trimmed, raked, and hauled — and did other jobs — to help the city with its work.
“We would not be able to keep up in the spring without this event,” Johnson said.
Cara Deguzman, with Snohomish Community Church, said her congregation has been involved with the cleanup for at least 10 years.
“It’s always exciting,” she said, adding that children, families, and “life groups” (small fellowship groups) from the church get involved with the annual project. “This really helps the city.”
Ginny Bird, office manager at Mountain View Community Church, said this is the first year her church has participated in the annual cleanup, although the congregation has done service projects on its own. They will be partnering with nearby Seattle Hill
Elementary School on clean up work and hope to serve at Pilchuck Park as well.           
Bird, calling herself a “lifelong Snohomish person,” said the volunteer cleanup “makes a huge difference” in how the city looks.
“The churches are supplying the labor,” said Chris Gee, a volunteer with the Snohomish Historical Society. “It’s a big help” when volunteers clean the grounds around the historic Waltz Building and other sites, Gee said.
The Snohomish Kiwanis, Monroe Rotary, Snohomish Garden Club and the Carnegie Foundation also are helping.
This year’s efforts will be focused on cleaning up the Centennial Trail and the Easter parade route in downtown Snohomish, as well as schools and other traditional work sites.  
Kristin Foley, the spokeswoman for the Snohomish School District, said each of the 10 participating schools “has a church partner” to work with on projects. Some students who volunteer may earn required community service hours. The cleanup will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 18 — rain or shine — and volunteers should bring their own tools, work gloves, and other desired equipment. They can pre-register through their church or sign up at the Hal Moe Pool parking lot on Third Street beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event.
Participating churches include First Presbyterian, Midnight Cry, Hope Foursquare, The Bridge, Christ the King Lutheran, Snohomish Faith Assembly, Snohomish Community Church, CrossView and Mountain View Community.

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