Students in the Huntington North High School baseball program recently rid area highways of 11 large bags of trash.
The baseball program, which includes approximately 40 students on three teams, volunteered to clean up two state highways near Huntington as part of the Indiana Department of Transportation's "Adopt-A-Highway" program.
A group of the students spent the morning of Saturday, Nov. 3, picking up trash along Ind.-5 north of Huntington, from Ind.-16 two miles to the north, and along Ind-5, from U.S.-224 two miles to the south.
"I never realized how much trash and diverse items end up along the road," said Varsity Assistant Coach Andrew Drummond after the cleanup.
He says he thinks the students learned something, too.
"Volunteering opens their eyes to new opportunities, makes them aware of some problems in our local county and shows them we can have fun while working hard for a good cause," Drummond says.
The group made a commitment to clean along the highways twice a year - once in the fall, and again in the spring - for two years.
Students participating in the first cleanup project were Luke Gordon, Cameron Stuttle, Kalib Whaley, Dylan Noll, Devon Goelz, Dalton Caley, Blake Gray, Caleb Richison, Braydin Stell, Joe Bentz, Alex McCutcheon, Connor West, Danny Backer and Mitch Hughes, along with coaches Kyle Daugherty, Justin Branock and Drummond.
Huntington North High School students (from left) Connor West, Cameron Stuttle, Dalton Caley, Blake Gray, Joe Bentz and Alex McCutcheon pose with some of the trash they picked up along two highways near Huntington as part of the HNHS baseball program's participation in the state "Adopt-A-Highway" project.