State secretary of transportation, others clean up roadside litter

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV)— Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine joined students from Future Farmers of America and other community members on Monday to clean up litter along Augusta County roads.

Valentine has joined community members across the state to clean up litter before scheduled transportation meetings. Those meetings are about upcoming SMART scale projects.

"This is our opportunity to listen to the citizens and businesses along 81 and in the Staunton district to see where their priorities are," Valentine said.

Valentine also said that cleaning up the litter along the roads is really about more than just making them look better.

"It's really our neighborhoods and our communities where we raise our children and where we live," Valentine said. "So it's taking care of our quality of life, it's making that a priority."

Valentine was joined by FFA students as well, which she said was an inspiration to her.

"I think that is a huge statement, about how environmental stewardship is a part of our lives, and becoming more so," Valentine said. "And we're building that kind of momentum into the Virginia Department of Transportation as well."

Meghan Rawley, a student at Fort Defiance High School, said cleaning up the area is something she's done before.

"I came out here because I enjoy helping pick up trash. I've done this sometimes occasionally, on our road."

The groups cleaned up trash along Route 256 near the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport.