Seven Corners / Willston 2016 Beautification Day
Members of the community came together on Saturday, April 23, for the Seven Corners / Willston 2016 Beautification Day – and because rain interfered with the full clean up, they came together again on Saturday, April 30. BC7RC thanks our volunteers and sponsors for investing time and resources to beautify our community!
The Seven Corners / Willston 2016 Beautification Day had three parts:
• collecting litter on from the Seven Corners intersection, Leesburg Pike east towards the Seven Corners shopping center, and along Patrick Henry Drive and Route 50. In spite of the rain, volunteers picked up trash, filling many bags that were then picked up by VDOT.
• cleaning tables and chairs used in the Willston Multicultural Center’s afterschool program; the Arlington Community Church had the lead role in this effort, and made a huge difference by freshening and cleaning the Center.
• a conservation program. Stacy Evers, the Environmental Educator at Belvedere Elementary School, and Lily Whitesell, Watershed Specialist with the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, planted herbs with children in the afterschool program, established a rain barrel program at the Center, and gave a presentation on taking care of the environment. See photos below of the rain barrel donated by Ms. Evers, painted by the children, and now installed at the Center.
Beautification Day was a success because of the support of our volunteers and sponsors. We have many to thank:
• the Arlington Community Church, which is a long-time and important supporter of the Center
• Local residents, including parents and participants from the Willston Center’s afterschool program, for their volunteerism
• Chick-fil-A and Safeway at Willston II, Starbucks at Seven Corners Shopping Center, and Anthem. HealthKeepers Inc. and InTotal Health for their generous donations of coffee, breakfast items and snacks for volunteers
• Clean Fairfax, which donated gloves, trash bags and safety vests
• the Mason District Police Department; an auxiliary police officer (APO) in a squad car provided support for volunteers picking up litter at the Seven Corners intersection and ensured their safety, and
• Stacey Evers and Lilly Whitesell, for the herb garden and conservation program.
This is the third time that BC7RC and the Willston Multicultural Center have partnered in a Beautification Day. We thank the community for helping make a difference for our community and for the earth.