<strong><em>Cleanup and beautification efforts to take place nationwide as part of America\u2019s largest community improvement event led nationally by Keep America Beautiful<\/em><\/strong>\r\n\r\nVolunteers across the state are rallying to improve their local parks, public spaces, waterways, hiking trails, sidewalks and streets by participating in the Department of Environmental Protection\u2019s WV Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup, which takes place Apr. 1-14. The City of Lewisburg will kick-off its activities with cleanup on Friday, Apr. 13, at 10 a.m. at Hollowell Park.\u00a0 To volunteer, call 304-645-1833.\r\n\r\nThe City of Lewisburg\u2019s WV Make It Shine activities are part of a larger national effort, Keep America Beautiful\u2019s Great American Cleanup that is expected to involve close to 3 million people. Activities will include beautifying parks and recreation areas, cleaning seashores and waterways, handling recycling collections, picking up litter and removing scrap tires, planting trees and flowers, and conducting educational programs and litter-free events.\r\n\r\nLast year, over 5,300 participants removed over 169,000 pounds of litter and debris and over 2900 tires from West Virginia\u2019s public lands. Cleanup sites last year included state parks, playgrounds, school grounds, lakes, rivers, and streams.\r\n\r\nThe WV Make It Shine program is part of the Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan initiative under the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.\u00a0 All of West Virginia\u2019s volunteer-driven cleanup programs fall under REAP-The Next Generation.