August 2014
Youth Matters

Pals: Don’t Drop It on Alabama

  Students of Hidden Lakes Elementary School mapped out some litter “hotspots” and went outside to clean up these areas.

Hidden Lakes Elementary School Students Clean Up Litter Hotspots

Hidden Lakes Elementary School wants to keep their school litter free and beautiful. Alabama People Against A Littered State wants to help. Partnering with PALS was a good step toward achieving their goals. Dr. Senn asked PALS to come and speak with the students at Hidden Lake and implement a litter education program. The PALS program will be used as a “springboard” for implementing litter education. The Alabama PALS presents an opportunity for students and faculty members to be part of having their schools recognized for their efforts.

Students mapped out the litter “hotspots” and went outside to clean up these areas. PALS is encouraged that these actions will create an awareness of this problem and also affect long-term behavior change. Hidden Lakes is doing all they can to foster and instill good environmental awareness in their students.

Litter Fact:

Schools spend approximately $241 million annually for litter clean up.


PALS provides bags and teacher educational resources to all schools in Alabama. PALS’ motto, “Don’t Drop It On Alabama,” is a clear message that Alabama can be a cleaner and more beautiful state for future generations. If you would like to have the PALS Clean Campus program at your school, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mary Mitchell Stanford is the PALS State Clean Campus Coordinator.