January 2017
Youth Matters

PALS: Keeping our Campuses Clean


C.A. Donehoo Elementary joins the team.

At the direction of teacher Alicia Walker, C.A. Donehoo Elementary in Gadsden has decided to join the Alabama PALS Clean Campus Program. I recently spoke to the fourth- and fifth-graders at the school to explain the program and get them excited about participating this year.

The students learned that, as a part of the Clean Campus Program, they are expected to participate in regular campus cleanups and form a small committee to ensure they are following through with their commitment.

Because there is a recycling facility nearby, they are also encouraged to participate in a recycling program at the school.

In addition to cleanups and recycling, we also encourage the schools to participate in our annual poster and recycled-art competitions.

We dedicated a few minutes at the end of my talk for questions and comments, and I was so impressed with the interest these students have in keeping their campus and community clean. I just know this group of students is going to be making a big difference as our partners in the Clean Campus Program!

Is there a school near you that could benefit from hearing the anti-litter message? I can be reached by phone at 334-263-7737 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up a program. The Clean Campus Program is FREE to all Alabama public, private and county schools. Schools may sign up for the Clean Campus Program online at www.alpals.org.


Jamie Mitchell is the PALS State Clean Campus Coordinator.