The Rez: Hopi High JROTC Bruin Battalion members clean up Highway 264
On the morning of May 15, 10 Hopi Bruin Battalion cadets participated in the Annual JROTC Highway Clean-up which is part of the Junior ROTC Community Service Project. The Hopi JROTC Bruin Battalion adopted a one mile stretch of highway from mile marker 393 to 394 along Highway 264. As an ADOT requirement, the cadets have to clean the highway stretch every year. And because the cadets are committed and remain held to their promises, they scheduled and conducted the highway cleanup.
As soon as the cadets unloaded the bus at the LDS Church they fell into formation and received their orders. They were assigned to two teams of five. Each had their own blue bag for trash and right away they started cleaning. As they walked along the highway, the cadets picked up trash and shared some laughs. They also ran into a few unexpected critters, but it was nothing they couldn't handle.
By the end of the one-mile stretch the cadets had worked up an appetite and shared some laughs at the Cultural Center for lunch. Although they were dirty and smelly they had fun picking up trash.
Every year, the cadets do the same community service project and every year they feel as if they've made a little difference within the community by making it a bit cleaner.