Student Leaders Donate Time to Participate in Adopt-A-Highway
CATE Students Cleanup Choppee Road

HEMINGWAY(Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020) — On Wednesday, October 21st student leaders at Carvers Bay High School from 3 Career and Technology Student Organizations participated in the Adopt-A-Highway Program with a cleanup of approximately 2 miles of Choppee Road.    

 The student organizations were the Carvers Bay High School chapters of the Future Business Leaders of America, the National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America), and SkillsUSA. The student leaders that participated in the cleanup day were: Spencer Altman, Savian Brown, Xzavier Cobb, Noah Key, Julia Owens, Khaliah Richardson, Arissa Staggers, and Olivia Williams.

 The cleanup began at 8:30 a.m. and concluded around 11:00 a.m. The results were astonishing with 23 trash bags filled from the cleanup, that’s an estimated 345 pounds of litter. “We are really proud of our students for coming out and actually cleaning up. That was a real eye-opening amount of litter that you really would not know about if you were just driving by” said Jeremy Bonser, Carvers Bay assistant principal.  The cleanup was a part of the South Carolina’s Department of Transportation’s program Adopt-A-Highway which began in 1988 and has helped to reduce litter in South Carolina by 60% over the last 30 years. The three organizations plan on hosting another cleanup day at some point in the spring.

 Safety was an important focus of the cleanup with precautions being taken due to COVID-19 with equipment being sanitized before use, gloves being used to pick up trash, and masks being worn when in close quarters. Officer Jason Cresson, Carvers Bay High School’s Resource Officer helped provide security for the students and advisors during the cleanup. Student Organization advisors, Melissa Alston, Grant Hall, and Lewis Morant were also on hand to supervise the students and also assist in helping to pick up trash, moving equipment and switching bags.

 The Career and Technology Student Organizations are an integral part the Career and Technology Department at Carvers Bay High School. Our mission is “To cultivate the development of a skilled workforce and a responsive workforce system that meets the needs of business and industry leading to sustainable growth, economic prosperity, and global competitiveness for South Carolina.”

 The FFA chapter’s service was also a part of the National FFA Days of Service, which a community service project is done during the month of October as part of the preparation for the National FFA Convention scheduled for October 27th through October 29th.

 SkillsUSA serves more than 372,655 students and instructors annually. This includes 20,598 instructors who join as professional members. SkillsUSA has served 13.6 million annual members cumulatively since 1965 and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor as a successful model of employer-driven workforce development. 

 FBLA-PBL inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. The Adopt-A-Highway project is a community service project that encourages members in the development of projects that contribute to the improvement of community.


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