One of Mingo County’s most visited recreational areas is cleaner now due to the work of a local high school student organization.
Tug Valley High School officials said members of the TVHS Chapter of the FFA recently conducted a cleanup at both the lake and the adjacent Laurel Lake Park area.
Officials said several student FFA members, who were led by FFA Advisor Craig Hart and Chapter President Kearston York, spent the day picking up trash out of the lake and in the park.
Hart said more than two truckloads of trash and debris were collected and disposed of during the six-hour community service project.
“Part of our present officer team’s mission is to give back and to improve the community and its natural beauty,” Hart said. “We have heard a lot of complaints about the park and the state’s lack of interest in it, so it seemed like a good place to start. We secured some kayaks and used them to better get to the litter in the lake itself.”
York said the daylong cleanup event was time well-spent.
“It was a good to get to spend time with friends while doing something good to benefit our community at the same time.”, she said. “It’s empowering and nice when you make a difference you can see.”
Hart said the group cleaned areas around the lake, removing litter and tires, as well inside the park including the picnic area, shelters, playground, and trails.
“It was a good day to work and a good group of students worked hard to do something that needed to be done,” he added. “I was proud of our FFA Chapter.”
The TVHS FFA Chapter is a part of the school’s Agriculture Department. For more information about the organization’s activities throughout the year, visit the school website at, https://www.mingoschools.com/domain/584.