The Kaskaskia Engineering Association (KEA), the Kaskaskia
College Pre-engineering program’s student club, recently adopted a two mile
stretch of Highway 50 between Shattuc Road east toward Sandoval. KEA, and other interested parties held a
cleanup along the highway on Friday, April 12.
Equipped with mechanical grabbers purchased by Professor
Eric Hofelich at a discount from Rural King in Salem and bright orange or
yellow vests, the cleanup crew worked most of the morning and afternoon collecting
enough trash to fill 80 large trash bags.
“Cleaning our section of the highway was hard work, but it
was rewarding,” Professor Hofelich said.
“I am very proud of the club and the volunteers for how good the roadway
looks now, and I encourage other groups to pitch in and keep our roadways
The cleanup crew recounted stories of the different kinds of
trash they found, as well as encounters with some of the wildlife, including
several snakes. But everyone was in good spirits and shared in a feeling of
Steven Reynolds of Decatur, a member of KEA and a graduating
sophomore in the KC Pre-engineering program, said, “We felt good about
accomplishing a good deed, and we want to build a tradition of student clubs
volunteering to do their part.”
Dr. Jim Underwood, President of Kaskaskia College stopped by
during the cleanup. “Mark my words,” Dr.
Underwood said. “You are sending a
message of caring for the environment that others are sure to follow.”