Gadsden State Community College is partnering with residents and organizations in the communities it serves for the Clean Home Alabama Initiative. The college-led effort is a part of Chancellor Jimmy Baker’s plan to help beautify the state’s natural landscapes, growing infrastructure and expanding communities.
“Our students, faculty and staff will work alongside those in our community to beautify a number of areas within our service area – Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee and Cleburne counties,” said Bridget Burney, dean of Outreach Initiatives. She is coordinating the Clean Home Alabama projects with Dr. Deborah Curry, dean of Health Sciences.
Cherokee County’s project – the Trash Bash – will be on Nov. 12. – It will begin at noon and conclude at 1:30 p.m. with a reception in the community room at the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce.
Gadsden State Cherokee faculty and staff have partnered with Youth Leadership Cherokee and the Weiss Lake Improvement Association for the Keep Cherokee Clean Trash Bash. Along with Gadsden State Cherokee nursing students, general academic students, Baptist Campus Ministry participants and members of the Science, Math and Engineering Club, they will pick up litter along a one-mile stretch of Highway 9 North and South in front of the College. Students from all five Cherokee County high schools will also participate. The Trash Bash is being organized by Luanne Hayes, campus director.
Chancellor Baker said Clean Home Alabama was established with the mission of ACCS institutions continuing to serve its communities both inside and outside of campus walls.
“Community is so much a part of what our colleges do each day that it’s even in our name,” he said. “Alabama’s community colleges are located within every region of the state, which means we are perfectly positioned to organize and execute an effort of this magnitude to help maintain ‘Alabama the Beautiful’ during our state’s bicentennial year.”
Those wishing to participate in Cherokee County’s Clean Home Alabama project should register at www.gadsdenstate.edu/clean-home-alabama.cms.