The Adopt-A-Highway Volunteer Appreciation Day Picnic will take place on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Canaan Valley Resort in Tucker County.
The Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation will host the day-long celebration of volunteers who pick up litter along West Virginia highways. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. with bingo, basket weaving, cakewalk, children’s games, and other activities. Participants may also get their portrait drawn by a caricature artist and have their face painted by a face painter.
Volunteers will be served lunch catered by Canaan Valley at noon. Afternoon activities include the presentation of the Annual Adopt-A-Highway Awards and announcement of the 2014 Adopt-A-Highway Volunteer of the Year. Volunteers who have served for ten, 15, 20 and 25 years will receive lapel pins for years of service and a special Adopt-A-Highway safety vest imprinted with the number of years they have volunteered.
Adopt-A-Highway volunteers remove over four million pounds of trash from state highways each year. They recycle about 10,000 pounds of glass, 8,000 pounds of aluminum, and 5,000 pounds of plastic each year. Currently more than 40,000 volunteers representing more than 1,400 organizations keep more than 3,300 miles of West Virginia roads litter free.
Adopt-A-Highway volunteers who wish to attend this event should call 800-322-5530 or email Kim Smith at email@example.com before July 17. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their families.
For more DEP news and information, go to www.dep.wv.gov. Also, connect with the agency on all social media platforms. Follow @DEPWV on Twitter and find us on YouTube by searching “Environment Matters.” For specific information about the Adopt-A-Highway, West Virginia Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), West Virginia Watershed Improvement Branch, and Youth Environmental programs, connect on Facebook.