December 2016
Youth Matters

PALS: “See ya later, litter!”

W.S. Neal Elementary is becoming a leader in community cleanup.


W.S. Neal Elementary School has decided to partner with the Clean Campus Program this school year! Located in East Brewton, W.S. Neal Elementary is looking to become leaders in their community for making positive changes. They would like to be a shining example by keeping their campus clean and getting involved in community cleanups.

I recently visited W.S. Neal Elementary and spoke to their pre-K through fourth-graders. The students heard more about what it means to be involved in the Clean Campus Program and learned many new ideas for ways they can make a difference. We discussed changing from plastic drink bottles to reusable containers. We calculated that just their group would contribute over 1,500 water bottles per week to the landfill if they brought a new water bottle to school every day. That is just in one week! Switching to a reusable container means all of that plastic would stay out of the landfill and not potentially become litter!

This group of students was also super excited about our annual poster competition coming in the spring. With a $250 prize for the winner, the kids were very motivated to participate! The theme for this year’s contest is "See ya later, litter!" They will be due in April 2017.

PALS is so excited to welcome W.S. Neal Elementary School to our program!

If a school near you could benefit from hearing my antilitter 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.. 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


Jamie Mitchell is the PALS State Clean Campus Coordinator.