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Washington Youth Soccer Teams Make "Clean Sweep" of Tacoma Schools

On June 4th over 1,000 individuals descended on an East Tacoma neighborhood, swarming the streets for hours, leaving behind clean streets and school grounds.

It was all part of the Fourth-Annual Community "Clean Sweep" Project, a joint effort between the Tacoma Public School Parent Teacher Association and numerous local community organizations — including South Tacoma Soccer Club and Tacoma United FC — to beautify the local community while teaching children about the positive impacts of community service.

Started in 2008, when over 900 individuals showed up to help clean up local schools and communities, the event has grown steadily through each year — this year, an estimated 1,500 individuals donned bright green "Clean Sweep" t-shirts and hit the streets around Tacoma's East Side schools.

Among those on the streets this year included more than 40 adults and dozens of youth players and coaches from Tacoma United FC and South Tacoma Soccer Club.

In addition to cleaning up the neighborhood, the project helped support the community's effort to spread the word about the negative impact of graffiti; built partnerships among schools, businesses and community members; and created a fun, positive activity to bring together local youths and community organizations.

Following the clean up, participants were invited back to First Creek Middle School for a fun and festive Celebration and Awards Ceremony where they were recognized for their efforts, and had the chance to meet and mingle with each other and representatives of other groups, further building community connections across individuals of different ages and backgrounds.


 
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