Mohawks clean up

FFA students at Northwest High School display bags of trash they collected around their school and on Mohawk Drive Friday afternoon.

We all know that when the final school bell sounds off Friday, students can’t get out of the building fast enough to begin their weekend and wind down from an intense school week. That is not what happened last Friday (March 10) at Northwest High School.

The Future Farmers of American (FFA) students were out there picking up litter on school grounds and Mohawk Drive.

“Our FFA kids stuck around Friday after school,” Assistant Principal Jason Burton said. “Mrs. (Marcheta) Ferguson, our FFA instructor has a wonderful relationship with our kids. She had organized with the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District folks, (Director) Dan Palmer and they had set up a time on Friday after school for our kids to eat some pizza and do an FFA meeting and then they went outside and did a pickup around the campus area here.”

Burton said this is the first FFA organization at Northwest High School and is in conjunction with the Scioto County Career Technical Center. It began when the students in high school were in middle school.

“I had about 30 kids that worked around our school and donated an hour of their time to help beautify the school area along with the road that comes into the school,” Ferguson said. “They gave me 30 minutes of their time for the monthly FFA meeting and then after we finished our meeting, we went outside and picked up trash for an hour.”

Palmer was impressed with the attitude of the Northwest High School students

“These kids didn’t have to do that,” Palmer said. “They volunteered. What amazes me more than the cleanup, this was on a Friday from 2:30 to 4 (p.m.) o’clock. What kind of kids will stay after and pick up litter on a Friday after school?”

Palmer said March 16 students from Sciotoville East High School will participate in a cleanup. Cleanups will then take place at South Webster High School on March 18, the Union Township Trustees March 25, Scioto County Career Technical Center on April 6, Portsmouth High School on April 10, Portsmouth West High School on May 12 and Clay High School on May 19.

“I told Jason, you ought to be dern proud of these kids,” Palmer said.

Burton said he is proud of the Northwest students who worked on the cleanup.

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