May 2014
Youth Matters

Tapping into PALS


Hayden Elementary pledges to work for a better environment.

Hayden Elementary School in Blount County expressed an interest in incorporating education and awareness about litter into their regular classroom program, but there is a lack of available resources to tap into. That is where Alabama People Against A Littered State came into the picture. Principal Shelley Vail-Smith requested that Hayden Elementary School would like to partner with Alabama PALS.

PALS Clean Campus Program promotes a cleaner and healthier environment for all Alabama schools. It presents an opportunity for students and faculty members to be part of having their school recognized for their efforts. The third and fourth grades learned about littering, recycling, their carbon footprint, and keeping their school and community more sustainable for future generations. Students were shown how littering affects creatures in their environment. They learned how litter finds its way into lakes, streams, oceans and groundwater. Creatures ingest the litter and this causes injury or death to thousands of animals. Students received a wrist band while pledging to take care of their environment.

MYTH: None of my friends litter.

FACT: Half of litter is deliberate and half is caused by materials being “accidentally” lost from vehicles.


Alabama PALS is looking forward to their annual Poster and Essay Contest. The first place winner receives $250 and is invited to the Governor’s Annual Awards Luncheon. If you are interested in partnering with PALS and having an educational program at your school, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mary Mitchell Stanford is the PALS State Clean Campus Coordinator.