4-H leads cleanup efforts

Published 12:01 am Thursday, June 18, 2015

Covington County 4-H needs your help with its first county cleanup day, which is slated for tomorrow morning.

The local 4-H is hosting the cleanup day for the different entrances to the county.

Catherine Estis, Covington County 4-H agent, said Janice Castleberry with PALS (People Against a Littered State) asked the organization to head up the effort.

“This is how the kids decided they wanted to do it,” Estis said. “People are going to be divided up into teams and each team will take a major entrance. They’ll clean up a few hundred feet in front and beyond the signs.”

Estis said the Covington County 4-H Youth Council decided on the project.

“This is our first year, and hopefully we can make it a thing,” she said. “We’re sure asking for help, though.”

Teams will clean the entrances in Florala, near Searight on Highway 29 north, at Highway 331 toward Opp, on Highway 134, on Highway 29 south by the Solon Dixon Foundation and on Highway 55 in McKenzie.

Estis said teams will meet at their respective entrance locations at 8:30 a.m., adding that the volunteers will be assigned an entrance to clean.

“We’re going to clean up probably an hour and a half to two hours and bring all of the trash back to the office, and have a lunch,” she said.

Estis said she already has a couple entrances well covered, but the need for more people to help is great.

“We’ll take anybody from Pleasant Home out that way to Carolina,” she said.

Estis said if it is storming tomorrow morning, then the event will be rescheduled. However, if there’s a little rain with no lighting, then it’s still a go.

“We’re really encouraging the county youth to help us out,” she said. “Whatever youth group you’ve got would be really great to have help.”

Those who want to help need to call the Covington County Extension Office at 334-222-1125, and ask for Estis.