Drew plans picnic, clean up
by Paisley Boston and Elisabetta Zengaro
Jun 12, 2014 | 972 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Drew is set to host a community wide picnic on June 28 at 11 a.m. on Main Street.

Mayor Jeffrey Kilpatrick said the purpose of the event is to promote unity.

"I was recently approached by a member of the community that expressed sincere gratitude to me about the work that I am doing and have done in Drew. The young man said that this was my calling. He also said that this was where God had intended for me to be but there was one thing that Drew lacked and that is unity," said Kilpatrick.

"After having that conversation, I decided that I wanted to host an event that would promote love and unity. I want the citizens of Drew to come together," he added.

Kilpatrick said he sent out letters to churches in the community and later held a meeting with the pastors of the churches about his vision.

"This is a way to show my appreciation to the citizens of Drew and it is a symbol of what I would like for our community, which is the notion of moving forward together, as one. I would like for Drew to be a model for other communities," he added.

Kilpatrick said each church would offer activities during the picnic and that time would be allotted for pastors from churches to give sermons.

Free food and entertainment will also be provided.

"We want people to come out and have a great time while fellowshipping.”

He also announced that the city recently completed phase one of a city clean up.

"Immediately after taking office, I jumped into completing some ongoing projects such as road and street repair. We recently completed phase one of a citywide clean up. I am so thankful for the amount of participation that we had for this project," Kilpatrick said.

"There were around 80 volunteers to come out and actively participate in various parts of this cleanup. I truly feel that we had a large number of volunteers because our citizens take pride in their homes and in the physical appearance of their community," he added.

Kilpatrick said he is highly appreciative for assistance rendered by the county during the clean up.

"We were allotted eight inmates to assist us during this project and they did a wonderful job," he added.

Phase two of the clean up project will be held on June 21.

"As of now, we are trying to target the main areas and eventually move into cleaning up residences. Each alderman is responsible for his or her ward. I would love for every citizen to come out and participate in bettering our community," Kilpatrick said.