November 2017
Youth Matters

PALS: Aiming High to Target Trash

Southside High School AFJROTC cadets fight litter in Selma.

Alabama PALS would like to recognize the great work of the Air Force JROTC AL-961 from Southside High School in Selma! The cadets kicked off the new school year by having me speak to them about why their antilitter efforts are so important and other ways they can make a difference in their community. This group has been members of the Clean Campus Program for a few years, and they have even adopted 2 miles of county roads near their school.


At the direction of Lt. Col. Stephen Ruiz, the cadets are constantly looking for ways to improve the cleanliness of their campus and surroundings. This group does regular campus sweeps with their bags, provided by Alabama PALS, to ensure a litter-free campus.

They also regularly pick up the area they have adopted as a part of the Adopt-A-Mile Program. While recently cleaning their miles, a local resident stopped to thank them and provided them with water, sodas and chips. Lt. Col. Ruiz let us know the cadets came away realizing how appreciative the community is of their efforts.

The Clean Campus Program really is designed to create lifelong stewards of our environment and communities. It is our hope that students will hear the message, participate in the cleanups and communicate their findings to their friends and families. The students at Southside High School are the definition of the kind of stewardship we envision of those who are a part of the Clean Campus Program!

Are the schools in your community participating in the Clean Campus Program? If not, please visit our website at to learn more! The Clean Campus Program is FREE to all Alabama public, private and county schools. Schools may sign up for the Clean Campus Program online or by calling 334-263-7737.


Jamie Mitchell is the PALS State Clean Campus Coordinator.