Volunteers needed for Beaufort High stadium cleanup

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Beaufort High’s fall sports teams, coaches, school staff and community volunteers will join Saturday morning to clean up and beautify Eagle Stadium — and more help is needed.

Organized by the Big Green Booster Club and its affiliated “Friends of the Program” led by Mike Ingram, the annual cleanup will start at 8 a.m. and end no later than noon. More people, more hands and more volunteers will mean less time is required, Ingram said.

“This is a great way for everyone to show their support for Beaufort High School and its student athletes,” Ingram said. “We have all sorts of chores and tasks to suit everyone’s ability, from picking up trash to trimming bushes to repainting the goal posts.”

Anyone interested in helping should arrive at the stadium Saturday morning, the earlier the better, Ingram said.

Wade Deaton of Sea Island Tree and Ronnie Reiselt of Southern Tree Services are providing mulch to beautify the landscaped areas around the field and stadium. Volunteers should bring rakes to help spread the mulch.

Edward Marchetti, owner of Buds & Blooms Landscaping in Beaufort, and Joe McDermott,  who owns Greengoods Nursery in Ridgeland, donated shrubs to plant around the stadium — and for that, volunteers should bring shovels, Ingram said.

“We appreciate the Booster Club organizing this and making it happen,” Beaufort High Athletics Director Jerry Linn said. “The school district helps with the big things, but having all these people come together for a stadium cleanup is part of what makes the Beaufort High family so tight. As (football) Coach (Mark) Clifford says, ‘one team, one family, one community.’”

The first home varsity football game will be held Friday, Sept. 12 against Whale Branch Early College High School.

For Saturday’s stadium cleanup, volunteers should bring, if possible, any of the following:

• Rakes to scatter mulch areas

• Blowers

• Pruning shears

• Ladders for hanging banners

• Wheel barrows

• Pitch forks

• Trash Bags

• Bow saws to cut “suckers” from oak trees

• Shovels to dig holes for new bushes

• Ties for banners and ladders

• Pickup trucks for removing trash and debris to the dump.

Plan to arrive as close to 8 a.m. as possible. Volunteers should bring their own bottled water.