Teacher Jeff Perreault got things started in 2007.
Highland 6th Graders have been involved in the Adopt a Highway program through the Minnesota Department of Transportation since 2007. Each year two classes clean the ditches along US Highway 2 west of Crookston in the fall and the other two classes clean the same area in the spring.
Each class, along with chaperones, walks a mile outfitted in neon-green vests and plastic gloves scouring the ditches for litter. They are amazed at the “stuff” that people throw away. The plastic bags of collected debris are left along the roadway to be collected by the Polk County Highway Department.
This project was started by 6th grade teacher Jeff Perreault. He felt students needed to get involved with a community service activity. Each year the Adopt a Highway program saves the Minnesota Department of Transportation millions of dollars.
So, the next time you travel Highway 2 to Grand Forks, look for the area cleaned by Highland’s 6th Graders. A big thank you goes out to our 6th graders and the adult volunteers who help make this a success.