Westwood High School Student Senate issues challenge to football fans

Westwood High School is challenging patrons to its football games to pick up their trash. The Westwood Student Senate has teamed up with nonprofit PalmettoPride to turn the campus into a litter-free zone.

Students during Friday night’s game will hand out personal-sized litter bags to fans of both teams entering the stadium to dispose their trash.

“By picking up trash during the game, it is helping bring attention to the growing litter problem that many South Carolinians contribute to, but are not aware of the impact of their actions,” student government member Tyler Dale said. “It’s just one way we can be more aware of our environment and help out a good cause.  If everyone would just take one minute to clean up behind themselves, think of the impact it could have on our state.  We are starting here at Westwood.”

Litter-Free Games is a student-run program intended to cut down on the time it takes custodial staff and groundskeepers to clean up after fans leave sporting events. PalemttoPride, the state affiliate for Keep America Beautiful, designed the program to bring awareness to the build-up of litter during football games and to provide environmental education.

“It’s a good way to get high school students involved,” said Sarah Lyles, public relations manager for PalmettoPride.

Lyles said that while programs exist to target adults and children, it’s often tough to find creative ways to get high school and college students interested in environmental awareness. PalmettoPride learned of the Litter-Free Games program from Keep Tennessee Beautiful, and thought it would be a great educational program for students.

“We see a problem at sporting events where visitors leave their trash behind because they think it is the school’s responsibility to clean it up,” said Sandra Bryan, Program Manager for PalmettoPride. “Litter-Free Games is a great way to empower students to teach others the valuable lesson that littering is wrong everywhere.”

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