October 2016
Youth Matters

PALS: Taking it to the Next Level

Sidney Lanier High School Environmental Club

PALS is thrilled to announce that Sidney Lanier High School has decided to join the Clean Campus Program! At the direction of science teacher Candice Petty, the Environmental Club is taking their commitment to the next level by implementing schoolwide recycling and campus cleanups, as well as meeting regularly to discuss new ideas and events.


Petty recently had me speak to the Environmental Club to introduce them to the Clean Campus Program and brainstorm various ways they can make a difference in the community. We discussed that high school participants have so many opportunities to be a leader of change at their school and in their neighborhoods. We talked about working with local elementary schools to do service projects together such as making bookmarks from repurposed cereal boxes or wallets from juice pouches. I challenged the students to get creative and find fun ways to keep their campus clean and beautiful.

The students were very enthusiastic about the information received, and I can’t wait to see how they become agents for change over the next year. Their next step is to adopt their campus through the Adopt-An-Area program! Great job, Sidney Lanier High School!

If a school near you could benefit from hearing my anti-litter message, they can reach me by phone at 334-263-7737 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Clean Campus Program is FREE to all Alabama public, private and county schools. Schools may sign up for the Clean Campus Program online at www.alpals.org.


Jamie Mitchell is the PALS State Clean Campus Coordinator.