September 2015
Youth Matters

Pals: Taking Campus to New Level


Lakewood Elementary implements rotating maintenance schedule and recycling program.

Lakewood Elementary is taking their Clean Campus Program to a whole new level! Lakewood is a science magnet program in Phenix City that has already implemented a rotating campus maintenance schedule and recycling program. They also have a very impressive outdoor classroom area and participate in several citywide cleanups.

This past school year, Lakewood had me come speak to their students about litter prevention, recycling and turning “trash into treasure.” I spent time going over primary litter sources and how unintentional litter constitutes up to half of the litter we see on our roadways. The children also learned that individuals can be fined up to $500 for littering.

Later in the school year, Lakewood had an Environmental Day, and they invited me back to help the students actually turn some trash into treasure. Ten classes of third graders rotated through the cafeteria and made wallets out of Capri Sun pouches and duct tape. The students got to witness firsthand how easy it is to create something new out of what would otherwise be thrown in the garbage.

Congratulations to Lakewood Elementary for all of their environmental efforts!

If you think a school near you would be interested in joining the Clean Campus Program or might like to have me come do the 30-minute program on keeping Alabama more beautiful, 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.