May 2016
Youth Matters

PALS: Putting a Lid on Litter

Pearl Haskew Elementary learns how to keep Alabama’s roadways clean.


Mobile’s Alfa Women’s Committee Chairperson Debbie Freeland recently helped PALS schedule a visit to Pearl Haskew Elementary in Mobile County. I met all day in the library with groups of second- and fourth-grade students telling them about the importance of keeping Alabama’s roadways litter free!

In our sessions, the students learned about littering statistics. They learned that 50 percent of litter is unintentional and 96 percent of unintentional litter is done by males. We discussed how debris from trucks highly contributes to this number. The students made a pledge to spread the word to family members with trucks to use a tarp when hauling large loads. They also agreed to encourage drivers to keep a bag in the car or truck for any stray wrappers that might become unintentional litter.

Another part of my presentation focused on recycling, and Pearl Haskew Elementary is already recycling paper and cans. Way to go! The students also heard about our annual statewide poster competition and all seemed very eager to participate when they heard the winner receives $250!

Many thanks to Freeland for helping set up this wonderful day at Pearl Haskew! We are so excited to have your students involved in the Clean Campus Program!

Any schools interested in becoming a part of the Clean Campus Program may call me 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.. They can also look us up online at to sign-up online.

Jamie Mitchell is the PALS State Clean Campus Coordinator.