By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette

The “Beautify Rice” program is a volunteer service created to help clean up and improve the community of Rice. Whether picking up trash or incorporating plants and vegetation to the area, locals and visitors can find various ways to lend a small town hand.

Established in November of 2021 with the motto of “Instead of sitting around waiting for the change, be the change,” the program allows volunteers to improve the quality of the surrounding area, serving as a means to educate community members on litter control, the health and safety of keeping an clean area, and the importance of why it’s necessary to take care of one’s community.

“I created Beautify Rice to give everyone the chance to be involved in their community and make a difference,” said Jennifer Cox, creator of the Beautify Rice project. “Hopefully by giving people this opportunity they will want help to set their community up for success.”

Upcoming and future events for the program include a park clean up at noon Saturday Feb. 26, at Mike Dickens Memorial Park, located at 101 Sunrise Circle in Rice. Other events include plantings for “Spruce Up City Hall,” “Get the Community Garden Ready For Spring,” “Create It at the Market,” and “Planting at the Market.”

In the future, the community service plans to have a program where people can adopt a street or specific area to maintain and care for. Volunteers do not have to be a resident of Rice in order to volunteer for events.

Those interested in volunteering can contact, or visit the Beautify Rice Facebook page.

Upcoming volunteer events for the “Beautify Rice” program. – Courtesy photo

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