January 2018
Youth Matters

PALS: Hoover High School Green Team

Whether it’s promoting recycling at school or volunteering in the community, this student group is making a difference.

Last school year, Hoover High School started a new Green Team on campus. The Team has grown this year, and they have decided to join the Clean Campus Program! The Green Team is off to a great start this year as they plan several cleanup and recycling events.

I recently visited the Green Team to present my 30-minute program on littering, recycling and reusing our resources. It was easy to see this group takes its role on campus seriously and has the desire to make a big impact in the community.

The school at large provides recycling bins, but many of the Green Teamers were disappointed to see students still throwing plastic and paper into the trash. The Team decided they would work on signage and other announcements to encourage students to always put recyclables in the proper receptacle.

Additionally, they have made a commitment to recycle water bottles from the band during next football season. This will prevent over 500 plastic bottles from heading to the local landfill each week!

The Green Team additionally plans to volunteer during some of the Jefferson County cleanups coinciding with the Don’t Drop it on Alabama Spring Cleanup in April.

As a part of the Clean Campus Program, the Team also received bags from PALS for regular cleanups around their campus.

Way to go, Hoover High School Green Team!! We are so excited to see their progress this year!

To learn more about how schools near you can join the Clean Campus Program, visit our website at www.alpals.org or give us a call at 334-263-7737. The Clean Campus Program is FREE to all Alabama public, private and county schools.


Jamie Mitchell is the PALS State Clean Campus Coordinator.