March 2017
Youth Matters

PALS: Cleaning Up in Colbert County!

Colbert Heights Elementary is ready to do their part.


Colbert Heights Elementary in Colbert County is the newest addition to the Clean Campus Program, and they are excited to get started! I recently spoke to over 200 students in third to sixth grades and taught them more about what being a part of the Clean Campus Program means.

The school has already been doing some recycling and is working with the county to expand that program with new recycling bins. In addition to recycling, we discussed many other ways the students can be more environmentally aware. Reducing waste and reusing containers are a couple of methods we went over in the presentation. I showed the students pictures of bookmarks made from empty cereal boxes they could easily make and donate to the local library. The teachers also mentioned doing some campus beautification projects such as planting some new flower beds. We are excited to see what the students of Colbert Heights achieve this year!

The students were also thrilled to hear about the $250 grand prize for the statewide winner of our poster contest. The posters are due April 21, and the theme this year is "See Ya Later, Litter!" We can’t wait to see the posters they create!

We welcome Colbert Heights as they join over 500 other schools of Alabama in the Clean Campus Program.

If a school near you would be interested in joining, 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. The Clean Campus Program is FREE to all Alabama public, private and county schools. Schools may also sign up for the Clean Campus Program online at


Jamie Mitchell is the PALS State Clean Campus Coordinator.