Smithfield-Selma High School took part in this year’s Big Sweep statewide cleanup.
Students in the school’s AVID program cleaned up the school grounds and surrounding areas.
AVID is short for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The program helps students fulfill their goal of attending college.
For the cleanup, the students worked in teams and recorded each piece of trash collected. Their data will go into an international database for the Ocean Conservancy Organization.
Big Sweep is a one-day event to remove litter in North Carolina. The cleanup began in 1987 as a coastal cleanup called Beach Sweep. The event expanded inland and was renamed in 1989.
In 2002, its mission expanded from litter-free waterways to a litter-free environment. In the cleanup’s 27-year history, more than 350,000 Big Sweep volunteers have retrieved more than 11.5 million pounds of debris.