Holliday Montessori School students were doing their part to keep the neighborhood around their school clean, but they just couldn’t keep up with illegal dumpers. That’s when the city stepped in.
Twice a week, Holliday students were picking up trash and their efforts drew the attention of a television news crew and the city’s Alan Ashurst. Ashurst is an illegal dumping investigator with the neighborhoods and housing services department and after seeing the news report, he – and workers with the city’s solid waste department- were on site the very next day. Crews began cleaning the illegal dumpsite and erected two ‘no dumping’ signs- much to the delight of the school and the students.
“We (the city) never even knew this was here,” Ashurst said. “I commend the students for getting involved in their community and bringing it to our attention.” Ashurst urged residents across Kansas City to report illegal dumping activities by calling the 311 Action Center.
Holliday Montessori students and staff applauded as the signs went up and then Ashurst and Mikki Cassidy, community involvement officer for KCPD’s Metro Division, answered a variety of questions posed by the eager and inquisitive audience.