For almost 40 years, Elise Jackson worked to clean up litter on Meyer Boulevard each week.

She’s an inspiration to many and she is determined to see that the city’s boulevards and parkways are cleaned up.

Earlier this month, Mayor Quinton Lucas proclaimed March 27 as “Ms. Elise Jackson Day” in Kansas City. The day, which coincides with her 89th birthday, celebrates Jackson for her years of volunteering to keep the boulevards and parkways clean for everyone.

Jackson says while she believes people should choose not to litter in the first place, she will continue to pick up litter from the boulevard in front of her home as long as they do.

Even before her retirement from KCPS as a high school chemistry teacher nearly 40 years ago, she was committed to keeping her city clean. Back then, she also cleaned up several more streets including Swope Parkway and 63rd Street.  

She is one of KC Parks’ team leaders for the Earth Day Spring Cleaning Event (April 22) and will be stationed at the intersection of Meyer Blvd and Bellefontaine to hand out to supplies for volunteers to help clean up litter on Meyer Boulevard and on Swope Parkway.

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