Each year, all city, county and private schools are visited by Clean Campus Committee members and criteria used to score each campus on cleanliness, landscaping, recycling, and student participation in litter cleanup and the recycling process. The schools are not made aware of the date of our visit. One school from the city and one from the county with the highest overall scores are presented with the Clean Campus Award.
Congratulations to both of these outstanding schools! It was a difficult process this year because most of the schools scored very high and have excellent recycling programs. We did find a small number with minimal to no recycling efforts being made. Our Athens-Limestone Recycling Center staff are available to help any school located within Limestone County with their recycling program.
Athens Middle School
L to R: AMS Principal Melanie Barkley, KALB Executive Coordinator Lynne Hart, Clean Campus committee member Debra Porter, and Asst. Principal Chris Pennington
Athens Middle School has come a long way since this program began many years ago. The school was found to have plenty of trash receptacles available and was free of visible litter. The Eagle Club collects recyclables from the classrooms and sorts them in the main recycling area to prepare for pickup by the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center. Assistant Principal Chris Pennington was proud to show us the outside recycling collection area which was very clean and organized. The school also provides a student trash patrol that cleans up the campus after sporting events. There have been many improvements made in the appearance of the school, some of which are evident as you approach the main entrance.
West Limestone High School
L to R: KALB Executive Coordinator Lynne Hart, WLHS Principal charlotte Craig, teacher and recycling coordinator Stanley Hand, and Clean Campus committee member Patsy Gooch
During the Clean Campus inspection, the West Limestone campus was found to be well groomed and there was no sign of visible litter. Trash receptacles were readily available and the recycling program is outstanding. A group of students gather recycling bins from the classroom and sort the materials at the main recycling station to prepare for pickup by the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center. FFA students maintain a vegetable garden and the produce is distributed by the students. This school also maintains an outdoor classroom and garden, which includes butterfly bushes and stepping stones.