September 2016
Youth Matters

PALS: Taylor White Elementary

Experience Shows and a Clean Campus Glows!


Taylor White Elementary in Mobile County is not new to the Clean Campus Program, and it shows! Angel Phelps, the STEM teacher at Taylor White, recently had me speak to one of her classes. This group is doing a top-notch job with their program!

We spent the class period discussing what they are already doing as well as new ways they can make a difference. The students are currently heading up the recycling efforts at their school. They were actually going on their recycling bin rounds when I arrived. The guidelines for the Clean Campus Program fit in nicely with STEM instruction for the environment by giving the students a chance to participate in hands-on recycling and cleanup efforts. Also, my 30-minute program highlights recycling facilities, so the students were able to see pictures of actual recycling plants and the sorting process.

Additionally, I showed the students many ways they can reuse and repurpose items rather than throwing them in the trash. This is just one more way to keep items from ever making it to the landfill!

Considering their proximity to the beach, I encouraged the students to participate in our annual Coastal Cleanup taking place Sept. 17. There are 30 zones across the shoreline of Alabama with thousands of volunteers getting the Trash Out of the Splash. I hope to see some Taylor White Elementary students at one of our zones this year! For more information on the Coastal Cleanup, visit the website

If you would like to introduce a school near you to the Clean Campus Program or if you would like to participate in our Coastal Cleanup yourself, check us out online at I may also be reached anytime at 334-263-7737 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Jamie Mitchell is the PALS State Clean Campus Coordinator.