MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon FFA recently “adopted” a stretch of highway to keep clean in their local community as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program. The program allows businesses, civic and neighborhood organizations, even families, to “adopt” a stretch of roadway to maintain for two years and thereby foster a sense of pride.
Work includes picking up trash and keeping the roadside clean. Mount Vernon FFA members are actively involved in the effort and has committed to keeping the highway free of litter and debris from mile markers 4 to 6 on Ohio 229 west of town.
The cleanup initiative begins with preliminary safety meetings to review safety guidelines and cleanup protocol. Sporting gloves, hats, safety vests and garbage bags, participating members spend a couple hours every couple of months keeping the roadsides clean. Repeat cleanup events are held several times per year, on the same stretch of adopted highway, to promote community involvement among members and to beautify the local area.