Annual Community-Wide Beautification Event Looks to "Make Kirksville Shine"

In preparation for the influx of visitors and the start of school activities, Kirksville residents and business owners are encouraged to use the week of Aug. 1-9 to “Make Kirksville Shine.”

The annual event reminds community members to demonstrate their community pride by beautifying and cleaning up their respective properties and surrounding area (e.g. mowing, removing weeds, picking up trash, etc.).

Area organizations and service clubs who are involved in the adopt-a-street programs are encouraged to use Aug. 1-9 to clean up their streets. Service organizations that are not currently part of the adopt-a-street program are being asked to adopt high-traffic areas that need some extra work. Ameren can provide volunteers with work gloves and trash bags if needed, but volunteers will need to bring their own tools, including brooms, clippers, rakes and any other necessary items.  

During the Aug. 1-9 “Make Kirksville Shine” community-wide clean up, Truman faculty and staff are encouraged to pick up trash outside of their buildings, as well as pull any obvious weeds. The grounds crew does an amazing job of keeping campus looking beautiful, but they oversee 180 acres so any extra help in picking up trash and pulling obvious weeds is appreciated.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help clean up some of the high-traffic areas that need extra attention, either as an individual or with an organization, can email for more information.