April 2016
Youth Matters

PALS: The Key is Volunteering!


Florala High School Key Club is ready to clean up in their community.

The Key Club at Florala High School recently had me come speak to learn more about ways they can volunteer and make a difference in keeping Alabama a cleaner and more beautiful state. The Key Club is comprised of students who are constantly looking for ways to volunteer in their communities. They felt like the Clean Campus Program was a perfect way to make an impact in Florala!

I spoke with members of the Key Club and their sponsor Missy Zessin about starting a recycling program on their campus. Alabama PALS will send two bins for paper and plastic to help get them started. The local elementary school has a recycling program in place, so Zessin plans to partner with them to get Florala’s program up and running.

The students and I also discussed working with the local elementary school to teach the younger generation about reusing and reducing. They plan to schedule a day with the elementary students to make crafts from recycled and reused materials.

Finally, I suggested the Key Club schedule regular campus and/or community cleanups.

Congratulations to the Florala High School Key Club for making such a difference in their community!

Does your local school have a Key Club or Science Club looking for ways to volunteer and impact their community? We would love to have them become a part of the Clean Campus Program! 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.. They can also look us up online at www.alpals.org to sign up for the Clean Campus Program online.

Jamie Mitchell is the PALS State Clean Campus Coordinator.