Highway Cleanup This Weekend

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Motorists in the Swan Hills area are asked to be extra cautious this weekend. Students from Swan Hills School and other volunteers from the community will participate in the Alberta Highway Cleanup this Saturday, May 1, 2021, from 9 AM to 5 PM. The school has been assigned the stretch of Hwy 33 between Horse Creek Road and the junction of Hwy 32 and 33 in town. The volunteers taking part in the highway cleanup are doing their part to clean up and beautify our little corner of Alberta. Please be mindful of them and slow down as you pass by.

The annual highway cleanup program is one of two cleanup initiatives offered by Alberta Transportation, with Adopt-a-Highway being the other program. The annual highway cleanup is open to all non-profit groups or clubs as a fundraising event. Participating non-profit groups or clubs receive $100 per km of cleaned highway through this program.

By participating in this program, Swan Hills School students will have the opportunity to earn money for their school “bank accounts” while performing an act of citizenship for their community. Funds in the students’ bank accounts can be used towards school activities, including school sports fees, field trips, clothing orders, and student fees. If there is money left in a student’s “bank account” at the end of the school year, it will be rolled over for the student’s use during the next school year.

Participants in this event must be at least nine years of age. All of the necessary equipment for the volunteers participating in this event will be provided by the Alberta Government.

The Highway Cleanup will take place from 9 AM – 5 PM on Saturday, May 1. Participants are to meet at Subway at 8:45 AM to pick up their gloves, bags, vests, and signs.

There is still time for Swan Hills School students or interested members of the community to sign up. If you are interested in participating in the Alberta Highway Cleanup, please contact TJ Linger at the Swan Hills School to learn more at tj.linger@pembinahills.ca or (780) 333-4471.

Dean LaBerge, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grizzly Gazette