By Lillian Bowe
Chyanne Copp, 13, spent her Saturday morning not sleeping in like most teenagers, but with a trash bag and gloves.
Copp was alone in this endeavor, but that did not faze her.
“I think it is a great thing to do on the weekend and I am keeping our community clean,” Copp said.
Copp, along with 10 teams from around Portales, participated in the annual Great American Clean-up.
Some of the teams that participated included St. Helen Catholic Church’s Conformation group, Portales Kiwanis Club, Habitat for Humanity, Portales Rotary Club, Los Reyes Car Club, and Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do.
Dorothy Glover, secretary for Portales Kiwanis Club, said the group has participated in the clean-up since the beginning.
“We adopted a section of the highway, which we clean every year for the clean-up. We always have fun,” Glover said.
Kiwanis won $75 for having the second most people in their group. It had 15 club members participate in the program and picked up 46 bags of trash.
Los Reyes won first place for having 16 members in their group. Club president Tony Flores said it was the group’s first time participating in the event and they picked up 47 bags of trash and six tires.
“We really wanted to help out our city and make it look beautiful,” Flores said.
Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do won $75 for picking up 65 bags of trash, more than any other group.
Participants called Saturday a beautiful day for picking up trash as the St. Helen group enjoyed picking up trash along side U.S. 70.
“This is our first year and it has been great,” said Susie Baca, a part of St. Helen.
Joan Martinez-Terry, city clerk said the event was very successful and a lot of Portales was cleaned up.