December 2015
Youth Matters

Pals: Looking Good


Hokes Bluff Middle School repurposes recycled products to use in art projects.

Hokes Bluff Middle School is partnering with PALS to keep their campus and community looking good! Seventh-grade science teacher Nicki Busch recently invited me to Hokes Bluff Middle School to kick off their 2015 Clean Campus Program.

I met with a seventh-grade “interest” class to inspire them to look for more ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. The students heard my 30-minute program on the “lifecycle” of a piece of trash, and we spent another 20 minutes answering questions and hearing personal stories of recycling and litter pickup.

The students at Hokes Bluff have recently been working on several recycled art projects including making flowers from plastic bottles and decorative pumpkins from old books. The students were excited to show me all of the projects on which they had been working! Their next goal is to partner with the local recycling facility to begin recycling paper and cardboard. Busch is constantly looking for more ways that the students of Hokes Bluff can make a difference.

If a school near you would like to hear more about the Alabama PALS Clean Campus Program, I would love to provide them with more information. I can come personally 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.