SENECA — Seneca Township High School’s 13th annual, iconic community cleanup program was completed recently in the ditches surrounding the village of Mazon.
The event’s name combines the number of miles of garbage that is collected and the intention to keep the traffic speed to 30 miles per hour.
“Trashy Dynasty,” the theme for this year’s pickup, was organized and executed by the Seneca FFA chapter.
“It was almost a perfect weather day as we could have asked for – just chilly enough to keep the ground solid, but warm enough to keep everyone’s spirits up as we got the job done.,”30 MPH event chairman Chance Gonnam said. “We are proud to say we had no problems on the day and we want to thank those traveling in the area for slowing down to 30 miles per hour.
“We also want to thank all those who helped in one way or another with the program — we simply couldn’t do it without them.”
Major financial sponsors again this year were Exelon and CF Industries of Seneca.
Exelon also provided several supervisors and trucks. JB Disposal of Verona donated a dumpster and the hauling of the trash.
The Grundy County Farm Bureau Young Leaders group and the Seneca FFA Alumni members collected the bags and delivered them to the dumpster.
Illinois Central provided buses for transportation and the drivers donated their time and navigational skills.
Members of the Illinois National Guard were special guests and provided a truck for bag collection and security.
The FFA was assisted with security and safety precautions by enlisting the help of the Illinois Department of Transportation, Mazon police, fire and ambulance, Verona/Kinsman fire department, Grundy County Sheriff and the Grundy County EMS.
“The support we get from every agency, teacher, company and student is greatly appreciated” Molly Novotney, Seneca FFA chapter president, said. “I was proud to be a part of this for the past four years.”
The Seneca FFA is a 165 member, student organization that is a component of the agriculture education department.
FFA’s mission is to assist students by providing premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education.