Since 2019, Appling County’s 4-H members have picked up trash on Holmesville Road as a part of the organization’s Adopt-a-Highway Program. The program encourages volunteers to keep a section of a highway or road litter-free. In past years, the 4-H’ers worked out on Highway 144, but due to large amounts of traffic, they moved to a safer area. This year, they picked up seven bags of trash.

According to 4-H Youth Leader Bill Hammond, the Adopt-a-Highway Program is a great opportunity for kids to participate in community service by beautifying Appling County. While the members are only responsible for a small section, he believes it is a good way to help clean up roads.

Many members working in their bright yellow vests found “treasures” on the side of the road. Tenth-grader Kaytlyn Crapps said they found a crushed phone and phone charger. But it was not all fun and games picking up the trash. Crapps mentioned there were many discarded liquor bottles and oppressive heat even in the early morning.

Crapps has been a 4-H member for five years and is very active in the community. Just like the organization’s motto, she likes to “Learn by Doing” since she will take these lessons with her into the future.

“In a world where you can be anything, anything at all, be the change,” Crapps said.

The members did encounter some challenges while picking up trash. Hammond said the ditches were filled with water after a lot of storms had passed through town. However, that did not rain on their parade. Instead, they kept their heads up and continued working.

Participants included 4-H Youth members: Gwyn Hammond, Sarah Kent, Aleigha Kent and Kaytlyn Crapps; AmeriCorps Service Member, Beth Jones; and Adult leader, Bill Hammond.