(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

PHOTOS: Ponoka 4-H members clean up Hwy. 53

May 1 is Alberta Transportation’s annual highway cleanup day

4-H helping hands: (Not as pictured) Henry Thalen, Damien Thalen, Cohen Thalen, Craig Haan (president of the Ponoka 4-H Beef Committee) and Conor Haan pick up garbage along the last leg of the clean up area on Hwy. 53 before the Hwy. 2 overpass. (Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

Members of the Ponoka District 4-H Beef Committee took part in the provincial highway cleanup day on May 1.

The volunteers started at Crestomere School at 8 a.m., and after a safety debrief, worked their way east along Hwy. 53 towards the Hwy. 2 overpass.

Organized into 10 separate family/cohort groups, each group took on one section of the highway, to comply with COVID-19 restrictions.

This year was Alberta Transportation’s 45th annual highway cleanup. Thousands of volunteers participate across Alberta from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Every year, volunteers from various youth groups and clubs spend the day walking alongside our roadways picking up trash and litter as a means of raising funds for their organizations or chosen charities,” stated an RCMP news release.

The Alberta RCMP asks motorists to slow down in marked cleanup areas and to be aware of the added foot-traffic while driving on provincial highways today.

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