Man High School’s Environmental Earth Science Class led by instructor, Billy Jack Dickerson, conducted a river clean-up campaign as part of its project-based learning on Saturday, September 19, 2015.
The scenic Guyandotte River Valley is quickly becoming a prime tourist destination with its Hatfield McCoy Trails’ network that offers fun outdoor adventures for the whole family. Recently, river kayaking has become popular in our areas; however, over the years, the river terrain has become polluted with discarded tires. MHS students decided to be proactive about the issue and make their “Let’s Get Rollin” tire clean-up campaign a reality.
After about 6 hours of labor intensive gathering of tires from the river banks and riverbed, the extremely sweaty and muddy clean-up crew collected over 250 tires in about a 7 mile stretch of the Guyandotte River. The 250 tires will be recycled by partner WV Tire Disposal, Inc.
The group would like to send a special thanks to: Buck West, Chris Trent, Brad Story, Amy Lusk, Randy Bragg, Billy Davis, James and Stephanie Roberts, Brian “Gummie” West, Allen Grimmett, the MHS Staff for their generous donations for food, Amy Lusk for supplying gloves, and George Ellis for supplying his boat.
The organizations that supported the group’s effort include: WV DEP, Sam Spalnaker; Hatfield and McCoy Airboat Tours, Keith Gibson; RD Bailey Lake, Brian Morgan; MHS Junior Class Sponsors, Cora Staten, Lori Justice, Angel McCoy, Alicia Mullins, Tonia Ward; and the WV Tire Disposal, Inc. plant at Summersville.
The students involved include: Sammi Sansom, Autumn Copley, Taylor Cardwell, Hailey White, Tiffany Ellis, Trey Roberts, Paige Mitchell, Matt Sanders, Jordan Wright, Jacob Schoolcraft, Megan Justice, Tanner Bailey, Erik Files, Casey Carter, Ashely Kirkland, Jacob Bailey, Stephanie Ramey, Grant Gambill, Cody Collins, Taylor Wenzel, Justin Napier, Lucas Adkins, Christian McCoy, John Thomas Keffer, Josh K. Adkins, Matt Bragg, Destiny Beckett, Richie Nelson, Nick Jackson, Morgan Spurlock, Cory Hall, Ashton Gibson, and Stephanie Ramey.
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