Clinton County students lead anti-littering petition driveMay 22, 2013 by clackey
A petition drive to end littering has earned Clinton County Middle School the PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award.
The petition was the brain child of Olivia Maupin, Chloe Martin and Jana Mullins, who are seventh and eighth-graders. They called Judge-Executive Lyle K. Huff and asked him to draft a petition or an anti-litter agreement.
The result was the “Petition to Encourage Litter Abatement in Clinton County, Kentucky,” which was signed by 108 CCMS teachers and students.
The petition stated: “We, the undersigned, sign this petition as encouragement to the citizens of Clinton County to further enhance litter abatement in Clinton County, Kentucky. Litter is abundant on the sideways and ditches of city and rural roads in Clinton County, Kentucky. People continue to throw trash wherever they please, which destroys the beauty of the county. We further encourage the citizens of Clinton County to contact the Clinton County Division of Waste Management, Mr. Lyle Norris at (606) 688-2288, for further guidance in assisting with litter abatement and for proper instructions regarding disposing of litter.”
“I would like to personally commend these young adults for taking the initiative and starting this petition relating to litter abatement in our county,” said Judge Huff. “This exemplifies what is needed to raise the public’s awareness. Congratulations on setting the example for others to follow.”
“I am so proud of these young ladies for their leadership, and I’m impressed that so many of their classmates shared their concern about litter,” said PRIDE’s Mark Davis when he presented the award to the students at CCMS on May 16.
“Olivia, Chloe and Jana were among the 177 volunteers who picked up 429 bags of litter during the Dale Hollow Spring Cleanup on March 23, so they are willing to work for a cleaner Clinton County,” Davis said. “That’s exactly the PRIDE spirit — taking personal responsibility to create the desirable environment you want for yourself and your neighbors and visitors.”
“We want to thank the school, Judge Huff and Lyle Norris for supporting the petition drive,” Davis added.
The PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award rewards creative, effective ways of promoting environmental awareness and stewardship. PRIDE presents one award each month to a school within 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky. PRIDE is a nonprofit organization that encourages personal responsibility for the region’s environment.