February 2013
Youth Matters

HIdden Lake Elementary Students Join PALS to Encourage Cleaner Campus and Community


Don’t Drop It On Alabama" is People Against A Littered State’s slogan. Mary Stanford, PALS Clean Campus Coordinator, spoke to the third grade classes at Hidden Lake Elementary School in Houston County. The students were eager and ready to help be good students of their environment. They have an outdoor classroom, and utilize community services to promote and encourage students to take care of their school campus as well as their community.

The students learned about litter, and how it affects our environment and the creatures in our waterways. They then discussed ways to control our "litter" output. The students were shown samples of ways they could recycle, renew and reduce their "carbon footprint." Students were encouraged to think about things in a new way.

The purpose of the PALS Clean Campus program is to implement "litter education, and involve students in campus cleanup efforts." Each participating school will qualify to nominate themselves for the State Award to be presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners at the Governor’s Awards program in November. The first place school will receive a $1,000 scholarship, 2nd place $750 and 3rd place $500.

Stanford thanks Dr. Senn for inviting her to speak with the students. Hidden Lake Elementary School and PALS will work together to make Alabama a cleaner and more beautiful state for future generations.

LITTER FACT: People throw away 25,000,000 plastic beverage bottles every hour.