By Rocco Scarcello
After he and his crew filled 150 trash bags with litter, David Kemm had one resounding message: “We made Marshall glitter.”
For the 35th consecutive year, the Take Pride in Marshall Litter Pickup, spearheaded by event founder and coordinator Kemm, wrangled up volunteers and hit the streets of Marshall to pick up as much trash as they could.
In one approximately five hour window, roughly 200 volunteers, including about 125 from the Missouri Valley College football team and another 30 from the Marshall High School football team, joined Kemm in cleansing the community of 150 trash bags full of litter recovered from all over Marshall. Kemm noted that the Marshall Plaza was the most heavily polluted area.
“I’ve never seen the Plaza look so clean,” Kemm said.
Paul Troth, head coach of MVC’s football team, brought his squad out to help with the efforts. This is the 15th year Troth and the Vikings have helped with the litter pickup. He identifies the need to assist Marshall as a large reason for why he continually brings his team out.
“It’s something to give back to the community,” Troth said. “We will continue to help with this event in the future.”
Reese Lavers, an 8th grader at Blackwater R-2, came out with her mom, Lisa McLandsborough, to support the event.
“This was my first time doing the event,” Lavers said. “It was nice to see a lot of people from the football teams helping out their community.”
Kemm was recognized by the Missouri House of Representatives for his many years of service to the community and for being an overall good citizen of the state. Representative Dean Dohrman presented Kemm with a resolution from the House before the cleanup efforts began.
An excerpt of the resolution states: “Whereas, it is with special pleasure that the members of the Missouri House of Representatives pause to recognize an outstanding Missouri citizen who has distinguished himself through many years of service to his community,”
“It was an honor to receive my award from the state,” Kemm said.
The annual litter pickup will return for a 36th edition, said Kemm.