January 2016
Youth Matters

Pals: Enthusiasm for the Environment


Hamilton High School students are ready to recycle and reuse.

The Environmental Club at Hamilton High School in Marion County recently invited me to come speak at their monthly meeting. Science teacher Kacy Cobb also serves at the club’s sponsor and was excited for me to come and share ideas with how the Environmental Club could make a difference in their community.

The group consisted of ninth through 12th graders who were very enthusiastic about finding ways they could be more environmentally friendly. We discussed having regular campus-wide cleanups as well as planning community cleanups in Hamilton. Recycling isn’t currently available near their school, so they were interested in speaking to local officials to try to have recycling come to their area.

We also discussed ways they could reuse materials and maybe even work with their local elementary schools to do a reused-materials project together.

Also, the Clean Campus Program is changing our essay competition in the spring to a reused-materials art project contest. The students were very excited about this upcoming competition!

Finally, I encouraged them to adopt their school through our Adopt-An-Area program in order to publicly proclaim their commitment to the Clean Campus Program.

I can’t wait to follow the progress at Hamilton High School to see what the future holds for them!

If a school near you would like to hear more about the Alabama PALS Clean Campus Program, I would love to provide it with more information. I can personally come to help them get a program started! Just have them give me a call at 334-263-7737 or send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jamie Mitchell is the PALS State Clean Campus Coordinator.