Pennington County Democratic Party Volunteers receive safety instructions regarding highway trash collection, a safety vest and trash bags. Let the clean-up begin!
OOPS! They did it again! The Pennington County Democrats cleaned up a two mile section along SD State Highway 16 by-pass/Catron Blvd on Saturday June 2, 2018. After a couple weather challenged dates and two reschedules, the PennDems were able to complete their spring obligation of trash collection, helping to alleviate the litter along one of South Dakota’s highways. This is the fifth year the Pennington County Democratic Party has been involved with volunteer service in the SD DOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program.
The South Dakota DOT began adoptions for highway clean up in the 1990’s. The Adopt-A-Highway Program provides an opportunity for organizations, businesses and/or individuals to volunteer to pick up litter in the right-of-way of State highways and roads and be recognized for their efforts with signs. The program is strictly voluntary.
The PennDems group is responsible for removing litter from both sides of the roadway at least twice a year. Clean up dates are strictly at the discretion of the Pennington County Democratic Party, however, preferred times are in the spring before grass gets tall and in the summer and/or fall, after the grass has been mowed. Clean up is done during daylight hours. The South Dakota DOT furnishes trash bags and safety vests, PennDems provide the volunteers. Volunteers are rewarded with lunch following the event, compliments of the Pennington County Democratic Party.
This exercise in community service will be repeated by the Pennington County Democrats in the fall 2018.
Dates and times will be announced.
Please join us in our Adopt-A-Highway clean up efforts and help keep South Dakota beautiful and litter-free.
PennDem volunteers collect trash from the ditches along SD Highway 16 by-pass, Saturday June 2, 2018.,
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