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Seneca FFA will clean roads with ‘30 MPH’ program

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 9:44 p.m. CDT

SENECA – With winter finally showing signs of releasing its grip on the area, it’s time to do some spring cleaning.

Seneca High School’s iconic spring event: “30 MPH” will take place Friday this year. This is the 14th year for the event, and the theme is “Seneca Pickers.” It will take place on the sides of roads leading to Seneca.

The effort is led by the Seneca FFA, who annually organize almost 500 volunteers to clear 30 miles of garbage while keeping the road traffic speed to 30 miles per hour.

“Students and faculty look forward to this event every year,” said event chairman Wyatt Quigley, in a news release. “Not only because it kicks off our spring break, but because they know that they are improving our community. ‘30 MPH’ has a way of bringing the entire school together for a simple cause.”

The FFA will be joined in providing security and safety precautions by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Seneca police, Seneca fire and ambulance, Grundy and LaSalle County sheriff offices, and Grundy County EMS.

Major financial sponsors again this year are Exelon and CF Industries of Seneca. Exelon also provides supervisors and trucks. JB Disposal of Verona is donating a dumpster and the hauling of the trash. The Seneca FFA Alumni members will be picking up the bags and delivering them to the dumpster. Illinois Central will provide buses for transportation.

“The community support that we receive every year is phenomenal. The Seneca FFA is proud to organize this event that involves so many students in a fun and worthwhile event,” said Peter Houge, “30 MPH” committee member, in the release.

The Seneca FFA is a 145 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.

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