Fighting Eagles Cadets Begin Adopt A Highway Partnership with Washington State Department of Transportation

By: Cadet Austin Bristow

On June 1st, 2019, Eastern Washington University (EWU) Reserve Officer Training Program (ROTC) Fighting Eagle Battalion began its participation in the Adopt-A-Highway program sponsored by the Washington State Department of Transportation.  The Cadets cleaned a section of Lt. Col. Michael P. Anderson Memorial Highway of debris and litter. The road, also known as Highway 904, is located just north of Cheney in Four Lakes.

The Cadets are ready to conduct their highway cleanup. Back row (left to right: John Drohman, Liam Hewey, Ian House, Hunter Smith, Everett Kuhnel, Riley Williams; front row (left to right): Joseph Jordan, Cheyenne Sweet, Mindy Leen, Samantha Knight, Olivia Roble, Andrew Norby

The Cadets woke up early Saturday morning and donned their hard hats and other safety for the day. Arriving at the designated location with their trash bags, the group spread out over the area to pick up any garbage they saw. Whether it was litter on the road or large piece of wood, EWU ROTC Cadets spent the next couple of hours cleaning up any trash in sight.

Cadets Leen and Williams in the tall grasses looking for litter.

What the Cadets thought would be a long endeavor of cleaning, only took about two hours. With high spirits and beautiful weather, the Cadets were able to collect multiple bags of trash and a stack of wood. Overall, it was a great day of volunteer work in Four Lakes and the Fighting Eagles Cadets look forward to continuing its partnership with the Washington State Department of Transportation to maintain the cleanliness of this busy stretch highway for the local community

Go Fighting Eags!

Cadets Leen and Williams in the tall grasses looking for litter

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