March 2014
Youth Matters

Making a Difference with PALS

Students at F. E. Burleson Elementary Junior Master Gardeners are partnering with PALS to make a difference in their school, community and environment.

F.E. Burleson Elementary School in Hartselle invited PALS to speak with their students. Debra Queen cares about her school and her environment. The school has an outdoor classroom and a Master Gardener who helps with the projects. The school incorporates many learning experiences. Their Junior Gardeners Club is involved in the different learning stations, and this has instilled in the students the meaning of giving through community outreach. The Alabama PALS Clean Campus Program supports schools with bags for cleanups and has a Poster and Essay Contest for students.




Clockwise from top left, F.E. Burleson Elementary School was happy to become involved in the Alabama PALS Clean Campus Program. Students of F.E. Burleson Elementary School with recycled scarecrow. Students playing outdoor musical instruments in their Outdoor Classroom. The Junior Gardeners Club is involved in different learning stations.


Plastic bags are a primary source of litter because they are light and easily transported by wind into the watershed. Once littered, plastic bags essentially never biodegrade. Instead, the sun breaks them into small pieces that choke and kill sensitive marine species such as turtles and birds.

The Clean Campus Program promotes a healthier and cleaner environment for all schools, and gives the schools opportunities for students, teachers, faculty and community to be recognized for their involvement with the environment. PALS is a great way to motivate everyone about the importance of being good stewards of their environment. The PALS Clean Campus Program is proud to partner with F.E. Burleson and be part of their ongoing efforts in making Alabama a cleaner and safer environment. Schools can nominate themselves for the State Awards, and the school can receive scholarships for first place, $1,000, second place, $750, and third place, $500.

F.E. Burleson is an example of a school that wants to make a difference in their school, community and environment.

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