Paint Valley Students Lend Helping Hands With Highway Program
FFA, AFJROTC Pitch In For Adpot-A-Highway Litter Pick Up
Chillicothe (Wednesday, April 14, 2010) B While maintenance crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation do their best to keep highways clean of litter, volunteer groups across the state are helping keep Ohio’s roads clean through ODOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program.
Included in these volunteer groups are the students of Paint Valley High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) in Ross County. Working between Potts Hill Road near Bainbridge and the school’s campus on U.S. Route 50, eleven students collected 15 bags of trash and other miscellaneous items that filled the bed of a pick-up truck.
FFA President Branson Leisure planned the groups’ April 7 event by providing fellow students with a safety briefing and organizing their activities prior to the outing. Joining Branson were Brentley Montgomery, Cody Norman, Colton Branscomb, Dustin Neff, Seth Raypole, Mike Pennington, Zeb Evans, James McCoy, Travis Draise and Dillon Ellsworth.
“All of our volunteers do a tremendous job, and we appreciate their efforts to assist us with roadway cleanup and highway beautification,” said District 9 Deputy Director James Brushart. “We also commend the students of Paint Valley for the additional attention they give the Adopt-A-Highway program and their outstanding contribution to community service.”
Started in 1989, the Adopt-A-Highway program solicits volunteers from area organizations to collect litter along a section of a state, federal or interstate route. Volunteer groups adopt a two-mile section of highway or an interchange at least four times a year, and those who sign up with the program adopt for two years.
The Ohio Department of Transportation provides participating groups with trash bags and safety vests at no cost, and ODOT also posts a sign inscribed with the group’s name within the adopted section of highway.
Anyone interested in becoming involved with the Adopt-A-Highway program in Ross County should contact the county’s ODOT facility at 740-773-3191.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, public information officer
Ohio Department of Transportation - District 9
740-774-8834 (office) or 740-637-9037 (mobile)