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Atlanta State Park Employees Win State Adopt-A-Highway Award

ATLANTA, TX — An Adopt-A-Highway group in Cass County has been named 2022’s Group of the Year. The group, Atlanta State Park Employees, was recognized for showing remarkable dedication to the program.

“This group has been on a mission since they formed in 2006,” said Texas Department of Transportation Atlanta District Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator Stephanie Fahrney. The 11-member group adopted the road leading to their park’s entrance on FM 1154, starting at FM 96.

“Members of this group not only put in the work, they’re also a voice for the Adopt-A-Highway program,” Fahrney said. “Each day they are visited by many people, young and old. Each time they receive a compliment on their beautiful park, they use that as a stepping stone to share how and why their park is indeed beautiful.”

The Adopt-A-Highway program began in Texas in 1985 and since then, has grown into a nationally and internationally recognized litter-prevention effort. The program allows volunteers to adopt stretches of state-maintained roadway to conduct litter pickups. Adopt-A-Highway currently has about 3,400 volunteer groups across Texas.

“This group treats each visitor like family and encourages everyone to take part in the beautification process," Fahrney said. "They make it easy by making sure the park is fully supplied with trash cans, barrels, and dumpsters. Their commitment shows others they won’t give up. They will always be there to clean up the mess, literally, that others make, without hesitation."

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