ROSEMOUNT, Ohio — Student volunteers from the senior class at Clay High School dedicated their day to beautifying their community.
“It was fun, I like that we were able to clean up and make the road look nicer and clean the community up,” said student Bailey Hartlage.
The students partnered with the Lawrence and Scioto County Solid Waste Management District to clear Rosemount Road of the litter and various debris that plagued the area.
“They didn’t have to come out here and do this,” Dan Palmer, the director of the Solid Waste District, said. “Their last day of classes was actually Thursday, so for them to come out here and do this was immense.”
All together, the students collected 54 bags of trash.
“We’re really proud of the students,” said Clay High School Principal Todd Warnock, “People have a negative perception of this generation, they see these kids on TV and assume all kids are like that. They’re not. They’re smart and they do a lot of great things for the community.”
The Scioto County Commissioners office provided the partnership with barricades to ensure student safety and closed the road from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 20. Craig Opperman set up the signs letting the community know about the closure.
County Commissioner Bryan Davis said, “It was great working with the kids, they worked really hard. It’s great awareness for the kids and the public. There is a war on litter going on and we’ve worked really hard with the Solid Waste District to fight these battles. Hopefully the students will remember the work that they’ve put in here and they’ll think of who may have to pick up their mess should they decide to litter.”
After collecting the trash, the students were shuttled back to the Lute Building Supply parking lot for a pizza party provided by the Solid Waste District.
“When people drive through our county and they see the litter everywhere, they think that we’re trashy and it reflects badly on the entire county,” explained Commissioner Doug Coleman, “If people were to just keep a small bag in their car to put their trash, and discard it at home, it wouldn’t be such a problem.”
The students, the Commissioners and the Solid Waste District encourage citizens to think twice about littering to help keep our community and the environment debris free and healthy.
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