• Murphy High School was a winner in their category of the litter competition.
    Murphy High School was a winner in their category of the litter competition.

Martins Creek, Murphy middle, high litter competition winners

    In 2016-17, the N.C. Litter-Free Coalition visited several Cherokee County Schools to discuss the negative effects of litter. We also encouraged a year-end competition so each school could summarize their school-year efforts in a competitive format.
    The 2016-17 competitors of Cherokee County elementary, middle and high schools categories were Martins Creek Elementary, Murphy Middle School and Murphy High School. Since these schools were the only entries in their individual category, they all have first-place bragging rights for their anti-litter efforts in 2016-17.
    David Brown, publisher of the Cherokee Scout, and the N.C. Litter-Free Coalition were the judges who evaluated the entries of all three schools based on 60 possible points. We also decided to pick the school with the most points as the overall grand champion. By a margin of 6.5 points, Martins Creek Elementary is the 2016-17 Grand Champion.
    The N.C. Litter-Free Coalition wishes to thank all  Cherokee County schools that invited us to speak directly with their students in 2016-17. We will be contacting all Cherokee County principals at the start of the 2017 school year with the hope of speaking to their students three times during the 2017-18 school year.
    We are off to a great start and already have been invited to speak three times to four of our 13 Cherokee County schools.
    We thank Dr. Jeana Conley, superintendent of Cherokee County Schools, for supporting this effort. Through education and participation of our teachers and students, we will all improve the image and economy of Cherokee County.
    Email comments and questions to Gary Chamberlain at folksvilleUSA@gmail.com; write to Road Warrior, P.O. Box 98 Murphy, NC 28906; Facebook at “N.C. Litter-Free Coalition” and “America the Beautiful and BagReadyJobs;” or give him a call at 928-202-1186.

The Cherokee Scout

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