July 2013
Youth Matters

Don’t Drop it on Alabama


Almost 1,000 Pine Level Elementary School Students

Pine Level Elementary School in Deatsville wanted to make a difference in their school and community. They are now members of the PALS Clean Campus Program, a program that raises awareness about litter and discourages littering. It encourages classes from kindergarten through fifth grade to join against litter by taking a pledge to keep their environment clean.

Kathy Hill, a counselor at Pine Level, invited PALS to come to their school and implement a litter education program. Almost 1,000 students from Pine Level Elementary School helped fight litter by participating in the 2013 Don’t Drop It On Alabama campaign.

Pine Level Elementary students, teachers and custodians along with their principal Mrs. Lofton were encouraging more recycling and less waste and trash in the school and lunch room. PALS supplied recycling boxes and encouraged students and faculty to use them for their plastic and paper items. Experience has shown that keeping the litter-free message in the schools and community is essential to addressing litter problems. PALS also supplied bags for their clean-up projects.

Litter Facts:

Did you know?
– Decompose: To break down, disintegrate or totally go away,
– Plastic bags take 10-20 years to decompose.
– Aluminum cans take 200-500 years to decompose.

The message PALS drove home was to think before you let the next piece of litter get out of hand. Do a litter check of how you live.

PALS has a Poster and Essay Contest for students from K-6. The theme is "What Makes Alabama A Clean And Beautiful State." The first place winner receives $250 and is invited to the annual Governor’s Awards. PALS also has a State Scrapbook Award giving $1,000 for first place, $750 second place and $500 third place.

Does your school promote a litter-free environment? Those interested in the PALS Clean Campus Program, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 334-224-7594.

Mary Stanford is the PALS State Clean Campus Coordinator.