Plawking: Folks get fit, and a town gets cleaner

Published 1:28 pm Tuesday, February 6, 2024

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By KC Smith

Cooleemee Correspondent

On Sunday, Feb. 4, there was a lot of plawking on the streets of Cooleemee.

     Josh Ijames, Lela Ijames, Tangela Dalton, Keziah  Martin and Joey Shore were carrying black trash bags full of trash.

A plawker is one who picks up trash while walking.

That’s what people do when they love their community, they want to get some exercise, and make new friends while picking up trash.

Josh Ijames and his wife Lela created a Cooleemee Action Forum, a neighborhood organization to allow residents and non-residents who have interests, likes or beliefs in the town to be able to participate more openly in a public forum.

  While still in the beginning stages of creating the forum, plawking will continue on Sundays at 2 p.m. behind the Cooleemee Fire Department. Visit, get some exercise, and help make your town more beautiful.

Annual meetings will occur with structured monthly meetings with leadership in place and an organized agenda, he said.  With a full leadership in place plans are to achieve non-profit status and obtain ability to apply for grants.

Follow Cooleemee Action Forum on FaceBook.

Tangela Dalton has been busy obtaining non-profit status for a youth center.  She plans to call it Prosperity Youth Center of Cooleemee offering life lessons, a chance to meet new positive friends, movie nights, dancing nights and workshops.  She has a building in mind but that hasn’t come into fruition.

Plawking is a fun way to meet people, get some exercise and show some love for your town. You can still be a plawker all by yourself, just pick up trash while you walk and don’t forget to take a trash bag.

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