Mobile Council members and students joins forces in citywide cleanup

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Saturday was Mobile’s annual MLK Day of Service, where council members and volunteers teamed up for a city-wide cleanup effort. In District 5, Councilman Joel Daves, joined by Osprey Initiative members, dedicated their morning to cleaning up litter on East Interstate Service Road South behind Walmart.

“The city of Mobile is the home for all of us and it’s up to all of us to make sure we keep our home nice and neat and clean,” said Daves.

He expressed hope that the media attention would raise awareness about not littering and the importance of keeping the city clean.

In another part of the city, Mobile county students from Kappa League, a mentorship program for high school students where they receive guidance from Kappa Alpha Psi members, collaborated with local leaders.

“So…Kappa League — we do stuff like this which is community service. We do step shows, parties. You know, it’s more of like bringing the younger kids and teenagers up,” explained Saraland High School student Kylaun Harris.

District 2 Councilman William Carroll, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraterntiy and Karlos Finley, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity — the same organization Dr. Martin Luther King joined joined alongside the group of young men during the MLK Day of Service. They worked to clean up parts of Ann Street, aiming to contribute to a cleaner and more beautiful city.

Pierre Bethune, a Theodore High School student says he wanted to clean up before Mardis Gras season starts, “The kids that grow up here I want to see the city and be like, man this is my city and this is a nice city.”

Harris highlighted the importance of community service saying, “I decided to participate to help out the community so like you know clean up Mobile and make it a better place.”

These efforts exemplify the spirit of community engagement, echoing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of service and unity.

This story originally appeared on FOX10 News by Ahniaelyah Spraggs. View the original story online here.


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