August 2016
Youth Matters

PALS: It's Back to School Time!

Get involved to keep your campus clean.


Back to school means a new start and fresh beginning for teachers and students alike. Clean notebooks, unbroken crayons and sparkling classrooms are hallmarks of the commencement of a new school year. You can be sure the grounds of each school will be freshly cut and cleaned, as well, for the new batch of students and parents who will be arriving for that first day.

Fast forward a couple of weeks; the notebooks are beginning to wear around the edges, the crayons aren’t quite as sharp and the classrooms have started to smell, well, more lived in. The grounds of the school may also have a stray wrapper here and there. This is where the Clean Campus Program comes into play!

The Clean Campus Program is free to all Alabama schools and is designed to promote a cleaner and healthier environment for all Alabama campuses. The CCP also presents an opportunity for students and faculty members to be a part of having their respective schools recognized for their efforts. Many CCP schools have regular campus cleanups, participate in recycling programs and have created amazing outdoor classrooms for their students. In addition, the schools and students get a chance to compete in statewide contests to win monetary prizes each year.

As a member of the Clean Campus Program, the schools can additionally have me come speak to their students about littering, recycling and ways they can make a difference in their community. I speak all through the school year at schools throughout the state. My program is 30 minutes and can be tailored to work for any age level from kindergarten through college.

If you would like to introduce a school near you to the Clean Campus Program, have it check us out online at They may also call me with any questions anytime at 334-263-7737 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Jamie Mitchell is the PALS State Clean Campus Coordinator.