DOBSON — A litter campaign spearheaded by county officials now has a face, a cartoon trash can created by an East Surry High School student.
At a recent meeting of the Surry County Board of Commissioners, Destini Hudson was recognized for her artwork, which was selected as the countywide anti-litter campaign’s logo.
Board Chairman Eddie Harris, who had the initial idea for a campaign to clean up Surry County, said Destini’s work stood out among the 29 submissions from high school art students in Surry County.
Dulce Rodriguez, Elkin High School, and Kayla Jessup, who also attends East Surry, finished second and third, respectively, in the competition.
“I like it because it’s got a bit of a retro look,” said Harris.
Destini explained she had tossed many ideas at her high school art teacher before finally settling on simplicity.
“I just decided to draw a trash can,” Destini told the crowd gathered in the county board’s meeting room.
For her winning efforts, Chick-Fil-A provided lunch to Destini’s entire class.
Harris said he’s not completely sure how his committee will use the logo. It will certainly be placed on any literature created and distributed throughout the ongoing campaign, but it may also eventually be used on signage used to convey the anti-littering message.
Harris said the logo is just another positive step in a campaign which is already making a difference.
“It’s phenomenal. We’ve seen a great response,” noted Harris. “We are also seeing tremendous results.”
Harris kicked off the anti-litter campaign about a year ago, when the Surry County Board of Commissioners opted to form a committee comprised of two of its own members, representatives from each of the county’s four municipalities, officials from each of the county’s three school districts and business and community leaders.
Harris said the battle to keep Surry clean has been on four fronts — publicity, education, enforcement and removal.
He added there’s an event in the near future in which Surry County residents can aid in the committee’s endeavors.
A countywide litter sweep will kick off on April 15 and run through the end of the month, according to Harris. Non-profit groups, schools, churches and civic groups can volunteer to pick up trash scattered along roadsides. They will be compensated $3 per bag of trash collected by the county.
Any interested groups may contact the Surry County Planning Department at 401-8359.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.