Earth Day is an annual event that started in 1970 to raise awareness about the environment. As a way to promote an awareness of our county's natural resources and beauty, Keystone Foods partnered with Clinton County High School to develop Earth Day activities. Prior to Friday, April 21, 2017, the 11th grade students each wrote a 500-word essay about the importance of preserving our county's natural areas. Over one hundred essays were submitted, and the top 25 were sent to Keystone. They then selected the top three essays to be awarded prizes. London Honeycutt won 1st place, Maggie Wells won 2nd place, and Jazz Sell won 3rd place. In addition to the monetary awards for prizes, Keystone also purchased Earth Day shirts for all the juniors to wear on that day. In addition to the generous support of Keystone, the CCHS Earth Day celebration was supported by County Judge Executive Richard Armstrong, who came to speak to the students that Friday morning about the importance of caring for our community. Sheriff Jim Guffey and PRIDE Coordinator Ricky Starnes also spoke with students about using precautions when collecting trash in the area. Superintendent Charlotte Nasief addressed the students and commended them on their participation in the Earth Day activities. Students then went to four locations in the county for trash pickup: Fairground Area, Concord Area, Stony Point Area, and Mountain View Park. The community was very supportive in providing usage of shelter areas at the fairgrounds, Concord Church, Stony Point Church, and Mountain View Park for the students to use during lunch and to get out of the rain. The day was a huge success. In addition to learning about what it takes to preserve our natural resources, the students also were taught the value of community service.
Pictured above are the Earth Day essay contest winners London Honeycutt (1st place), Maggie Wells (2nd place), and Jazz Sell (3rd place).