February 2018
Youth Matters

PALS: Setting the Bar High at Highland Elementary

Students in Gadsden are proud to be on board with the Clean Campus Program.

Alabama PALS is pleased to announce Highland Elementary in Gadsden has decided to join the Clean Campus Program! At the direction of teacher Wanda Gilliland, the Science Club at Highland Elementary will be the leaders of the program at the school.

I recently spoke to the fifth- and sixth-grade students at the school to fill them in on the Clean Campus Program and to motivate them to set the bar high on campus!

There are several basic guidelines to being a part of the Clean Campus Program. We generally ask every school involved to plan to have regular campus cleanups, recycle if it is available in their community and have some involvement with making their community more aware of their litter-free movement.

I always tell schools they can decide how involved they would like to be in the program. We are happy to see schools involved even at the most minimal levels. Doing a small part is better than doing nothing!

On the other end of the spectrum, we really reward the schools participating at the highest levels. With our annual Clean Campus Awards/Scrapbook contest, schools can win a first prize of $1,000, second prize of $750 and third prize of $500.

It truly is up to the schools as to how involved they would like to be with the program!

The Science Club is planning to start recycling cardboard and paper in their school. They also liked the idea of making bookmarks from cereal and snack boxes to put in their local library to help spread the antilittering message into the community. Campuswide cleanups are also on their to-do list!

We are so excited to have Highland Elementary onboard with the Clean Campus Program! We have the utmost confidence in the leadership of the Science Club as they begin this new venture.

One of the most wonderful things about the Clean Campus Program is that it is FREE to all Alabama public and private schools!

Is there a school near you that may want to join our litter-free movement? Please have them give me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or a call at 334-224-7594.


Jamie Mitchell is the PALS State Clean Campus Coordinator.