For Immediate Release
April 19, 2013
East Side Volunteers Honored for Anti-Litter Efforts
COLUMBUS – (NEW) For five straight years, a group of volunteers from the Eastland Career Center in Groveport have picked up trash on a stretch of State Route 317. Because of their dedication and service, these volunteers will receive the Gold Star Award.
The Eastland Career Center got involved with ODOT’s Adopt-A-Highway Program in 2007. The program is made up of volunteer groups all over the state who adopt a two mile stretch of roadway, either an interstate, state or US route, and agree to pick up litter in this area at least four times a year.
“As a government and law instructor, I constantly stress that contributing to society is essential to our democracy. The Adopt-A-Highway program helps students develop a sense of community and is one way for young people to make a difference and demonstrate ownership in their neighborhood,” said Matthew Stein, Eastland Career Center instructor.
In order to receive ODOT’s Gold Star Award, the group volunteered their time for at least five years. Just last year, the staff and students from the Eastland Career Center picked up enough trash along SR 317 to fill 100 bags.
“These volunteers are a shining example of how we can make a difference in our community,” said District 6 Deputy Director Ferzan M. Ahmed. “Trash is an eyesore along our roadways and bridges, and for our visitors to Ohio, the trash is often their first impression of our state. The efforts of our Adopt-A-Highway groups are trying to make a more positive impression.”
Receiving the Gold Star Award means the Eastland Career Center will be recognized along SR 317 with a sign indicating this is the stretch of roadway where they pick litter.
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For more information contact:
Breanna Watzka, ODOT District 6 Communications, at (740)833-8222 or Nancy Burton, District 6 Communications, at (614) 205-3131.