Retired teachers volunteer to clean town

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WOAY) – Two retired Fayetteville High School teachers dedicate their free time to giving back to the community.

For over a decade, Terry Sizemore has spent his retirement volunteering in both a local food pantry and on the streets picking up litter throughout the town.

“I started 12 years ago when I retired for exercise and something to do,” said Sizemore. “I like to see my community and my state look nice and clean.”

Four years ago, another former teacher joined the effort.

“The more attractive we make the town, the better it’s going to be for our economy,” said Stanley Boyd, noting how the town relies on tourism revenue. “Plus, aesthetically, it’s just so much nicer to see streets without litter.”
Together, the two clean Fayetteville streets regularly.
“We see a lot of fast food bags and cups and things like that,” said Sizemore. “[Recently,] we’ve been finding a lot of needles, and that’s pretty disgusting that we have to pick up somebody’s needle off the side of the road.”
The locals say they hope others are inspired to take care of their small town– and many have done just that.

“Several members of the council, myself and my family, the mayor, we just picked different areas of the town and did a litter pick up,” said town superintendent Matt Diederich. “It’s wonderful to have individuals that care and take it on themselves to do this on their own time and to take pride in their community. I just really appreciate them.”

You can get involved in the next clean-up by contacting Town Hall and asking to be put in touch with Terry Sizemore.

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