For those of you who couldn’t make it to the Community Cleanup Day on May 8th, you missed out! It was a pretty awesome event to be a part of—and how amazing it was to see the community work together as they did. We had over a hundred participants with everyone from middle school students to double-hip-replacement-elderly working side by side to make our community a cleaner, more beautiful place to live.
One big reason this year’s cleanup was so much more successful than other years was the participation of Horizons. The annual racism study circles program came out with the action step to improve the efforts of the community cleanup. This prompted the group to paint the graffiti wall clean, the City of Wagner and Yankton Sioux Tribe’s cleanup days to occur on the same day, and a great meal served after the cleanup with live music.
The study circle participants also came up with an amazing idea for Wagner—what if we became a city of murals? From this idea came the 4x8 foot painting (done by Lyle Miller) which was unveiled at the meal after the cleanup. I won’t be able to describe the painting and do it justice, but it portrays two elderly women—one Native American and one non-native—quilting (as is tradition in both cultures). It is the hope that by Labor Day this 4x8 foot painting will turn into a 40x80 foot painting on the side of the Buche’s building on Main Street (previous home to a not-so-successful attempt at bringing an artistic element to Wagner).
Not only that, but the Horizons group will be holding a community meeting requesting photos of family quilts from both the native and non-native cultures to be painted on the mural as a border around the two women quilting. How cool!? [To see the painting, contact any of the Horizons board members.]
Another thing to note about the cleanup day is that we seemed to get a lot of calls after the work was completed from residents asking why certain items weren’t picked up. Please be aware that we are not allowed to pick up the following:
Televisions, computers, tires, paint, or cardboard
Refrigerators or other white goods with Freon (UNLESS THEY ARE TAGGED APPROPRIATELY)
Household garbage (Why would we? That’s what your garbage service is for! Plus…we bring all of the items we pick up to a rubble site…not a landfill. So, garbage not welcome.)
Plastic items (buckets, children’s toys, etc.—these can be taken to the landfill or, better yet, a recycling center)
Until next time, Wagner! Keep being awesome.
P.S.—Wagner Area Growth has set up a fund for those wanting to make a donation to the Delmont relief efforts. To make a donation, you can visit www.gofundme.com/letshelpdelmont, or by dropping off a check at the City Finance Office made out to the City of Delmont.