Stop, Drop, Pick it Up!

Thank you for your support!  More than 30 people took to the streets on Saturday, June 1, to urge people to stop littering.

We held banners and signs at S. Hairston and Covington, and S. Hairston and Redan. We picked up bags of trash along the streets at both intersections.

The “Your Community…Your Litter – Pick It Up!”  Campaign is the creation of Phyllis Frierson. It was co-sponsored by District 7 Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson.  Special kudos to Phyllis and to Larry Coles (pictured above) for their part in the guerilla marketing effort – they donned costumes covered with trash to draw attention to the consequences of mindlessly tossing out trash from cars.

Other neighborhoods that participated in the clean-up were Meadowbrook Glen, and neighborhoods near Greenforest, Deshon, and Rainbow Drive.   

Check out these links to coverage of our Anti-Litter Day in On Common Ground News. 

June 6, 2019
 Talkin’ Trash-DeKalb Volunteers spread anti-litter messages with creative costumes, colorful signs

May 30, 2019 
Cochran-Johnson announces winners of jingle, video contests in anti-litter campaign


Students Win Prizes for Anti-Litter Songs and Videos

The winners of the anti-litter campaign school contest are E.L. Miller Elementary School and Martin Luther King, Jr. High School!

 The Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation (GHHCDC) in partnership with DeKalb County Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson launched the Your Community, Your Litter – Pick It Up! campaign this past March to encourage DeKalb residents to clean-up their communities and eliminate litter throughout the county.

As of part of the campaign, a jingle contest and video contest took place to build litter awareness and promote community pride. Students from DeKalb County were invited to participate and develop original content supporting the campaign theme.

(from left) Gwendolyn Stegall (GHHCDC), Joel Kight (teacher MLK High School), Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson (DeKalb County), De’Ziya White (senior MLK High School), Phyllis Frierson ( (GHHCDC) , and Jan Costello ( (GHHCDC) . Photo by Ennis C. Harvey.

Several entries were submitted for both contests and a committee of judges from the GHHCDC and DeKalb County’s 7th District office came together to tally scores and select winners based on a number of criteria including lyrics, originality, music, interpretation and creativity.

“All of the schools and students that participated were phenomenal and extremely talented,” said Commissioner Cochran-Johnson. “DeKalb County is truly home to some of our country’s most creative youth!”

Miller Elementary School, under the guidance of Victoria Waterman and Raphael Habeen-Ullah led 5th grade students in creating a catchy jingle that reminds people to “Stop, Drop and Pick It Up.  (Click here to hear the jingle.)

MLK High School senior De’ziya White created a video that calls out the senselessness of littering. (Click here to see the video.) The sponsoring teacher was Coach Joel Kight.

The runner-up in the jingle contest was Rowland Elementary School. In the high school video contest, another team from MLK High School came in second, and Miller Grove High School came in third.

GHHCDC awarded prizes: $25 Amazon gift cards for each participating teacher; a $100 gift card to the elementary school winner; a $200 gift card to the winning high school.  

The Your Community | Your Litter Campaign is designed to encourage pride in our communities through education and community collaboration. It is time to clean-up DeKalb!”

It culminates with a guerrilla-style marketing event on June 1, 9 a.m. noon. GHHCDC invites you to meet at the staging area, 1215 S. Hairston Road (just south of Redan and S. Hairston).  This event is an opportunity to remind people that “the only cure for littering is YOU!”

Keeping Up Appearances!

Dozens of people worked together to add plants, prune, and put down fresh mulch on the median on S. Hairston near Redan on a beautiful Saturday morning, April 27. Thank you volunteers! And thanks to Keep DeKalb Beautiful for supplying the mulch and the crew and equipment to help us spread it. We appreciate, also, the community service workers.

Great Events Coming Up

April 27, 9:15 a.m.  Mulch Day!  We’re planting a few shrubs, pruning, and spreading fresh cedar mulch on the median on S. Hairston, just south of Redan.  Meet in front of Wendy’s & DOS Seafood.  Bring your pruning shears, a bow rake (not leaf rake), and a shovel.  Many hands make light work! 

April 28, 2 – 4 p.m.  Park Rx Day at Hairston Park.  Super FUN Event.  Enjoy the fitness obstacle course and get tips from professional fitness trainers. There will also be guided trail walks, health education resources, fun games, music, prizes, and more!  Feel free to bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets!

May 4, 8:30 a.m.  5K Walk-Run-Bike.  Join us at Biffle Park,  5221 Biffle Road,  and do your workout in Hidden Hills. This is an official timed event.  Register online at:    or come early and register in person.

June 1 – Your Community | Your Litter Campaign
Greater Hidden Hills CDC and District 7 Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson are staging a guerrilla-style marketing campaign to clean up their communities and to stop littering.  The campaign includes contests at local schools and street theatre.  Stay tuned.  To join the effort, write to

Let’s Get Moving at Hairston Park!

Sunday, April 28, 2 – 4 p.m. is
Park Prescription Day.
Friends of Hairston Park is featuring the FANTASTIC 4:

Family, Fun, Fitness and Food!

We will have a fitness obstacle course led by professional fitness trainers, guided trail walks, health education resources, fun games, music, prizes and much more. Feel free to bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets!

Join us at Hairston Park, 889 S. Hairston Road, Stone Mountain.

For more information, contact

Victory! Slaughterhouse Denied!

The Board of Commissioners DENIED the request to rezone the slaughterhouse property. It now is prohibited from operating in the residential neighborhood.

Thanks to all for signing the petition and leaving comments – a total of 565 people made a significant difference in the quality of life of our community.

Thanks especially to Erica Weaver for her constant advocacy. She and Phyllis Frierson met with Commissioner Mereda Davis-Johnson and Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson on the afternoon of the vote and presented more than a dozen documents that helped make our case. These commissioners sponsored the motion to deny, and it was unanimously approved by the others. Commissioner Jester was not present.

Thanks to Beth Thompson and Ryan Brown for sharing their expertise, experience and network.

With the support of the community and the hard work of individuals, we made a positive difference. It is so heartening to know that we can work together for a righteous cause and achieve our goal.

Jan Costello
President, Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Corporation