On August 22nd the FFA chapter gathered to do trash pickup alongside Highway 136. Every year members pick up trash on the side of a highway twice a year, in the fall and the spring. This year 17 members attended and walked over the span of 3 miles to pick up trash. With a great number of students attending they were able to get it done in just a little over an hour.
“Trash pickup is a great community service project that involves some great exercise.” Mr Dux said. Members like senior Abigail Judd decided to do the trash pickup to maintain her active member status and to see if she could find some interesting things alongside the road. “I almost touched a mouse, I saw a huge butterfly, and found limestone with fossils in it.” Judd commented.
The FFA chapter has been doing trash pickup for years. Mr. Dux recalls doing this community service project for his chapter when he attended high school here at Fairbury. Judd thinks that it is important to keep the environment clean, “One time I was driving to work and saw an animal with its head stuck in a gatorade bottle wandering near the road, it is sad to think that it probably died because of that. I want to do my best to prevent that.”
After the members were finished with the trash pick up, the Optimist Club generously donated a couple pizzas for the students and other volunteers to enjoy in the ag room.