In preparation for the new student population coming to Kirksville, Mo., A.T. Still University (ATSU) students partnered with ATSU staff members and other key community leaders to help clean up the downtown area of Kirksville. The community-wide beautification event was created to help showcase downtown. Although this event has taken place for years, Kirksville’s City Council signed a proclamation recognizing Aug. 2, 2014, as the first official Make Kirksville Shine day.
Students, faculty, and community members gathered at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast and then went to work. Volunteers were provided with gloves and trash bags to aid in the cleaning efforts.
“They’re the small things we can do to make the property look more neat and tidy and reflect better on what we really are,” said Annette Sweet, Make Kirksville Shine committee member.
ATSU has been a part of this downtown cleanup for several years running. With the City Council now making it official, the amount of volunteers for next year’s event looks to be trending upward.