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Colton High School senior Summer Hazelton held a clean-up for her senior project

COURTESY PHOTO: SUMMER HAZELTON - The senior project road crew is made up of (L-R): Katie Moore, Macey Beseau, Abigail Syvinski, Summer Hazelton, Javontae Maes, Kaelie Gates, Donny Maes and Katrina Syvinski.

Colton High School student Summer Hazelton's senior project was a road clean-up on the section of South Highway 211 between Dhooghe Road and Winslow Road.

In an email, Hazelton said she has always been invested in the environment and ways to help improve the quality of the Earth.

She said she had noticed a ton of litter on the sides of the roads, so it was difficult to pick one area to clean, but finally decided on the section of South Highway 211 between Dhooge and Winslow Roads.

She said she had to go through the Oregon Department of Transportation to receive a permit so that it was legal for her to do it; and they provided her with supplies like garbage bags, flags, safety vests and caution signs.

Hazelton, along with 10 friends and classmates, spent several hours on Saturday, April 27 clearing the debris from the sides of the highway, gathering up enough litter and garbage to fill 15 bags.

"My senior project grew my interest even more on how to improve the planet we live on," Hazelton said. "I will continue to educate myself and others on ways they can do their part to help the environment, and to always keep in mind that every day is Earth Day."

Hazelton, who will graduate from CHS this spring, will be attending Grand Canyon University to become a registered nurse with plans to eventually work in the labor and delivery department. She said although her future education does not pertain directly to the environment, she will always be involved in conservation work throughout her life.

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