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State Honoree

Garrett Bishop

California

Garrett Bishop, 17, of El Centro, Calif., a member of the University of California 4-H in Holtville and a junior at Southwest High School in El Centro, organized a clean-up project that removed more than 40,000 discarded car tires from roadways throughout his county. After Garrett’s family counted close to 100 tires along the seven miles of road from his home to his school, he decided it was time to take action. He discussed the problem with a member of the County Board of Supervisors and learned that although others shared his concern, the task of properly disposing of the tires was expensive and time-consuming. Garrett sought support from his 4-H group, the County Department of Public Works and the Imperial Valley Waste Management Task Force and began planning the “Roadside Tire Roundup.” Garrett and other group members publicized the event by conducting presentations, distributing fliers, and securing radio and newspaper announcements. The group’s goal of collecting 6,000 tires was realized within the first hour of the event, and by the end of the day almost seven times that number had been picked up. Plans are already under way to make the “Roadside Tire Roundup” an annual event. “I enjoy committing myself to a project and helping in my community,” says Garrett. “I see my community differently and am excited to live in one that works together to solve its problems.”