HS/MS Students Participate in Adopt-A-Highway Program

HS/MS Students Participate in Adopt-A-Highway Program
Posted on 10/30/2019
Students pick up trash along the highway

By: Mavis Fodness, Rock County Star Herald

Luverne Middle School students completed their annual highway cleanup Friday under clear, sunny skies.

For the past two decades eighth-graders have walked the 10 miles of ditches along South Highway 75 picking up garbage each fall and spring.

About half the class walks in the fall, and the other half walks in the spring. “Every eighth-grader does it at some time,” said middle school principal Jason Phelps.

He said Tom Lanoue talks to students during his earth science classes about caring for the environment and about the importance of community service.

About 50 students donned reflective safety vests and split into five groups, each collecting garbage — mostly food wrappers — from two miles of ditches.

State highway workers later picked up about 50 bright yellow bags filled by the students.

Phelps, who walked with one group of students, said drivers slowed down as they approached the students, and some honked in approval.

“Drivers were very respectful,” he said.

Thirty-six students in the high school peer helping program also completed garbage pickup Friday afternoon along a two-mile stretch of North Highway 75.

“Ditch walking is a simple way for student to give back to their community and promote all of the great work the organization does in the community,” said adviser Amy Cook.2018-2019 Luverne High School yearbooks are on sale.  Cost for the yearbooks are $45.00. Checks can be made out to Luverne Public Schools.  

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