April 2017
Youth Matters

PALS: Leading the Way!

John P. Powell Middle School Science Club is energized to go green.

John P. Powell Middle School in Chambers County has decided to join the Clean Campus Program. The students from the Science Club at JPMS are leading the way for the school to become a litter-free example for the community.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with JPMS’s Science Club, and they are energized to help their campus go green! We talked about how PALS can provide them with bags to help with their regular campus cleanups. We are hoping the Science Club can energize the rest of the school to strive to be litter-free!

Because recycling is limited in their area, we discussed some online opportunities for recycling such as www.terracycle.com. Terracycle is a great way for rural schools to participate in recycling even when there is not a facility nearby. Terracycle accepts items like baby food pouches and personal care/beauty product packaging, and the school gets points for everything they send in!

The students also heard about the Alabama PALS poster and recycled art contests. The entries for these aren’t due until April 21, so there is still time to enter! The statewide winner of these contests wins $250 and will be recognized at our annual Governor’s Awards.

PALS is ecstatic to have John P. Powell Middle School join us in the Clean Campus Program.

The Clean Campus Program is FREE to all Alabama public, private and county schools. If a school near you would be interested in joining the program or participating in our poster and recycled art contests, 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.