February 2017
Youth Matters

PALS: A Cleaner, More Beautiful Cullman County

Holly Pond Middle School joins the Clean Campus Team.

We would like to welcome Holly Pond Middle School to the Clean Campus Program! Located in Cullman County, Holly Pond is a quaint community less than 20 minutes from the city of Cullman. The school has decided to become leaders in their area for a cleaner and more beautiful community.


I went to visit the school recently and found a very enthusiastic group of sixth to eighth graders who are interested in keeping their school and community clean. We went through my 30-minute presentation on thinking beyond the trashcan, and I challenged the students to consider finding ways to recycle and reduce their waste. We also talked about very simple changes they can use to make a lasting difference. For example, switch to a reusable container instead of bringing a plastic water bottle to school every day. Just that act alone would save thousands of plastic bottles from going into their local landfill every year.

I also encouraged the students to consider organizing cleanup days outside of school with groups such as sports teams, church groups and school clubs. We talked about how they may even want to Adopt-An-Area in town to regularly keep clean!

We are so excited that Holly Pond Middle School has taken the first step to becoming an official Clean Campus school!

The Clean Campus Program is FREE to all Alabama public, private and county schools. If a school near you would be interested in hearing our message, please have them call me at 334-263-7737 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up a presentation. Schools may also sign up for the Clean Campus Program online at www.alpals.org.


Jamie Mitchell is the PALS State Clean Campus Coordinator.