Students at Clay High School turned out in a large number to take on the daunting task of cleaning up Rosemount Road on Friday, May 19.
“First, I want to thank our County Engineer (Darren LeBrun) who provided two men to put blockades up at the road for us,” Dan Palmer, director of the Lawrence/Scioto Solid Waste Management District, said. “It enabled us to let the kids freely do that without fear of traffic on that road.”
Palmer said around 29 students turned out and filled 57 bags of litter weighing over 1,060 pounds.
“They did a fantastic job,” Palmer said. “It was a great day for them. It was a very very good event.”
Palmer thanked the management at Lute Supply for setting up a large container of bottled water for the students.
“These kids finished school the day before, then came back on that Friday to do this,” Palmer said. “That’s amazing.”
Palmer said eight such events were scheduled and seven were done. He said there had been a cleanup scheduled at Green Township, but when they arrived, they noticed how the area had already been cleaned up.
“I found out Sun Coke had had their employees out that week, and they cleaned up all of County Road 1-A,” Palmer said. “So I’m going to make contact with them to find out their group and everything.”
Palmer said they would schedule Green next year.
“Portsmouth West – we worked with them on Thursday (May 18),” Palmer said. “Fifty-two (52) is awful busy, so we ended up going out to Galena Pike, and the kids cleaned it.”
Palmer said the West students cleaned up a lot of litter from under the underpass on 52 coming into Galena Pike. In all, students collected 31 bags of trash.
“We had a good crowd that day as well,” Palmer said. “Portsmouth West did a fantastic job.”
Palmer said the collection on Friday ends the cleanup by students.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.