Adopt-a-Highway: Talkin' Trash Newsletter

Spring 2016

Join the 2016 Don't mess with Texas® Trash-Off 

The 30th annual Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off takes place Saturday, April 9th. Groups can share photos through email or on the Don't mess with Texas social media pages using the hashtag #TrashOff2016.  This year Don’t mess with Texas® is excited to work hand in hand with the Boy Scouts of America to make this the biggest and best Trash-Off yet. Alongside thousands of Adopt-a-Highway and Keep Texas Beautiful volunteers, the scouts will pick-up litter on Texas roadways and in their communities to help preserve our state’s natural beauty.

Students can join in by hosting a cleanup at their school or community though the Campus Cleanup program. This student-focused program helps school organizations support Don’t mess with Texas efforts by encouraging them to keep their campuses and communities clean and litter-free.

Keep Texas Beautiful Conference

The 49th annual Keep Texas Beautiful will take place June 20-22 in Sugar Land, TX. Every year the Adopt-a-Highway program presents the Adopt-a-Highway Awards to an outstanding individual, group and maintenance employee at the annual KTB Luncheon. Registration and lodging information is available on the Keep Texas Beautiful website.


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Roads are abuzz this spring 

Blossoming flowers and blooming trees mean an influx of insects buzzing around Texas roadways. Remember to take precautions against being stung by wearing proper attire, insect repellent and being aware of your surroundings such as standing water and tall grass. Watch out for mosquitoes which can pass on vector-borne viruses such as Zika and West Nile.


Don't mess with Texas Youth Contest Deadlines April 8

Deadlines for the Don’t mess with Texas youth outreach contests are this Friday.  All entries for the Don’t mess with Texas Elementary School Art and Can Slogan contests must be submitted online or postmarked by Friday, April 8th. Both contests, presented by the Texas Department of Transportation and Keep Texas Beautiful, ask students to creatively promote the litter prevention message in order to encourage the protection of our Texas roadways and the environment. Winners of each contest will be announced in May.

The Don’t mess with Texas Elementary School Art Contest invites Texas elementary school students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade to create artwork for the 2017 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar.

The Don’t mess with Texas Can Slogan Contest calls for Texas students in grades 6-12 to submit an original and catchy litter prevention-themed slogan to be featured on an official Don’t mess with Texas trashcan.


AAH Team Spotlight: Lynnette Villarreal

Lynnette joined the Adopt-a-Highway team in June 2015 as the Pharr District Coordinator where she manages the district’s 110+ groups. As a native to the Pharr area, Lynnette has jumped enthusiastically into the role by joining groups on cleanups and actively spreading the word to communities throughout the area. Outside of work, Lynnette is a full-time student and mother who is also a part of the “The Road Crew,” a softball team made up of TxDOT employees.


Thank you Adopt-a-Highway volunteers!

Mid-Valley Criminal Justice Club of South Texas College - Pharr District


W.B. Ray High School Navy JROTC - Corpus District

Victory Grand Chapter 1, Order of the Eastern Star - Dallas District


Corpus District West Bowie County Rotary Club - Atlanta District


The original Adopt-a-Highway program began in Texas in 1985. Since then, it’s grown into a nationally and internationally recognized litter-prevention effort, saving taxpayers’ dollars and keeping our rights of way clean.

Adopt-a-Highway currently has more than 3,800 participating groups across the state, and we salute those thousands of individuals who dedicate their time to actively make a difference and keep Texas beautiful.

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