September 2017
Youth Matters

Pals: Students in Demopolis Take on Litter

The city of Demopolis is serious about keeping their town beautiful and litter free! Kaye Evans, a member of the Beautification Committee for Demopolis, recently coordinated an Environmental Day event with some of the schools in the city. Evans, along with Barbara Blevins from the Horticulture and Public Works Departments, worked tirelessly to ensure the day was an overwhelming success.

The day began with a kickoff event at U.S. Jones Elementary School where both Officer Brown from the Demopolis Police Department and I spent some time speaking about litter and its consequences. Brown made sure the students knew that there can be up to a $500 fine issued if caught littering. That fact really got the students’ attention! After I spent some time talking, a few students were chosen to help Blevins plant a new tree outside near the playground.

 

Above, U.S. Jones Elementary School; below, Demopolis Middle School; at right, the students at Demopolis Middle School were all gifted a sapling from the Department of Horticulture so they could play a role in the advancement of a greener Demopolis.

 
 

Our afternoon session was with Demopolis Middle School, where the students heard me speak about the importance of keeping their city clean and free from ugly litter. The students at DMS were all gifted a sapling from the Department of Horticulture so they could play a role in the advancement of a greener Demopolis.

Earlier in the year, I visited with Westside Elementary School in Demopolis shortly after they joined the Clean Campus Program, so they had already heard my antilitter message previously.

The students at Westside, U.S. Jones and DMS are informed, fired up and ready to tackle any litter issues that come up in Demopolis. As the school year kicks off, Evans will be delivering bags from PALS to all the schools to support any campus cleanups they have throughout the year. A big thank you to Evans, Blevins and to the administrators of all three schools for their support of the Clean Campus Program in Demopolis!

Is there a school near you that could benefit from hearing the Clean Campus message? Please visit our website at www.alpals.org 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.