In a few days, we will turn the calendar to April. Among other key celebrations during the month, West Virginia will mark the annual Make it Shine statewide cleanup.
Last week, the Upshur County Commission signed a proclamation supporting the program, and praised the volunteers who help rid the county of litter. Along the same lines, the city of Elkins has announced its Great Tygart Valley River Cleanup slated for April 14.
The Make it Shine program is a long-standing tradition in West Virginia with a goal of making us the cleanest state in nation. In its history, local groups have volunteered to collect mounds of discarded tires, tons of used food wrappers and plastic cups, and even worn out furniture. All of these items, tossed out by careless and irresponsible people, were trashing our roadways and streams.
Not only are these "dump sites" unsightly, they're unhealthy as well.
It's important for other area counties and municipalities to join in these type cleanup efforts and encourage participation. Keeping our environment clean and teaching our youth to live in a litter-free world will benefit us all for generations to come.