Boy Scout troop receives cleanup award

LAWRENCEVILLE - A group of Snellville boy scouts got top honors for putting the environment high on their list of good deeds.

Boy Scout Troop No. 50 has been named this year's Great American Cleanup Gwinnett Challenge Grand Prize Winner. Troop Leader Bill Thompson accepted a $2,500 check from the Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Citizens Advisory Board. Troop 50 plans to use the reward to buy equipment to support their scouting program.

The Boy Scouts won praise for collecting recyclable materials and trading them for cash at the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett. The group also spent time cleaning their stretch of Highpoint Road near Snellville as part of the Adopt-A-Road program.

"The Gwinnett Challenge creates opportunities for community groups to demonstrate their community pride and stewardship by getting involved to make their community safer, healthier and more livable," said Connie Wiggins, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Executive Director. "Each group should be proud of the difference they have made and the recognition they have earned for taking pride in their community."

Other finalists also collected cash rewards:

The City of Berkeley Lake Residents received $500 for first place in the Neighborhood Groups category. Park Forest Community Association of Lilburn won the Neighborhood Groups second place prize of $250. Interlocking Communities Inc. of Norcross took home the second place Civic Groups reward of $250. The Boy Scout group also placed first in the Civic Groups category.

The Challenge ran from March 15 to May 12. A selection committee of community stakeholders selected four finalist groups. Finalists were chosen based on the biggest transformation, use of innovation and the number of volunteers involved. Gwinnett citizens then had an opportunity to vote for their favorite project.