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Fulton High School students will be picking up litter around town Tuesday as part of their leadership community service project.

"For leadership week, we feel like it's really important to recognize all of our leaders' time and hard work they have put into our school to make it a great atmosphere," said Fulton High School student Emmanuelle Crouch and chairperson for the leadership week committee. "We really take the time to acknowledge those people, and every year for leadership week we have a community service project.

"And for this year, due to limitations from COVID, it was hard to figure out how to have a bunch of different community service activities because usually we have several smaller groups go to different places."

After brainstorming, Crouch reached out to the Fulton Stream Team, and member Courtney Coffelt thought it would be a great project for the committee to take on. This year, the high school will have a group of 112 individuals — both students and faculty members — participating in their project.

There will be four designated routes: one from the high school to Fulton Middle School, one from C&R Market to Bartley Elementary School, one from Bartley Elementary to the middle school, and then one in the downtown Brick District. Each group will be leaving the high school to their designated route at 11:30 a.m. and will return to the school by 1:30 p.m. To ensure everyone's safety, members of the City of Fulton staff will be accompanying each group while wearing reflective vests.

The Fulton Stream Team will be providing matching purple T-shirts, gloves and litter bags. The community is encouraged to show the volunteers support by waving, honking, making them a sign, giving them shout-outs or even wearing a matching T-shirt.

"When I have picked up litter, people honk and wave, so I know it has an impact on people to see volunteers out doing this," Coffelt said. "I always say, it's not our trash, but it is our community."

To order a T-shirt, contact Coffelt at 573-592-3111.

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