Drake State helps neighbors through Clean Home Alabama campaign

November 07, 2019

Students, faculty and staff from Drake State Community & Technical College worked to pick up trash, rake leaves and plant flowers on November 6 in the Edgemont subdivision located just south of the college's campus. The team also pressure washed the monument sign at MLK Elementary, picked up litter on the school grounds with the help of the school's student government officers who are in third, fourth and fifth grades.

"We're proud to have been joined by the MLK students as well as Rep. Laura Hall (D-AL 19th District), Madison County Commissioner JesHenry Malone and students from Alabama A&M University's Association for Computer Machinery and Computer Science Club," said Regina Burden, Dean of Student Services at Drake State. "It's meaningful that these organizations and government officials took time to make our community cleaner."

City of Huntsville's Operation Green Team were also on site to help out and Bennett Nurseries donated flowers.

Coordinated through the Alabama Community College System, the event was one of nearly 80 creative beautification and litter pickup projects scheduled as a part of the Clean Home Alabama campaign. Projects across the state vary from Adopt-A-Mile and Adopt-A-Stream participation with the Alabama People Against a Littered State (ALPALS), to Pop-Up parks and Adopt-A-Home projects.

Clean Home Alabama was established as a unified initiative for the community colleges to continue to serve communities both inside and outside of campus walls, as well as to lead one of several meaningful projects that coincide with the state's bicentennial celebration in December. Governor Kay Ivey signed a proclamation on September 14, declaring November 1-11, 2019, as Clean Home Alabama Days.