While the temperature continued to drop to brutally cold levels and the ground continued to absorb the precipitation from the down pour from the previous three days, Omega men from the Epsilon Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, gathered in order to support the Epsilon Alpha Adopt-A-Highway Project. Adopt-A-Highway is a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) program designed to help keep the state’s highway roadsides clean and attractive. Adopt-A-Highway succeeds by encouraging residents/businesses to help combat the ever–increasing problem of littering by “adopting” a County road or highway. In exchange, for cleaning their adopted area four (4) times in a calendar year volunteers/volunteer organization receive a sign of recognition put at the beginning of each end of their adopted area.
The Epsilon Alpha Adopt-A-Highway Project, also helps to keep Tarrant County cleaner and healthier, saves taxpayer dollars, promotes local community involvement, promotes civic responsibility and pride, and provides recognition for individuals, organizations, and companies. Community members and grade school students were invited to participate (often to acquire mandated volunteer hours) and also fellowship with members of Epsilon Alpha and the community. The Epsilon Alpha Adopt-A-Highway Project is an ongoing effort headed by the Committee Chairmen of Brother Clarence Brooks and Brother Teddy Jones.
Brother Teddy Jones stated:
“CB (Clarence Brooks) and I wanted to think of ways Epsilon Alpha could make a bigger impact in the community, give back more, and something that hopefully would start a legacy. So, when CB thought of participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program, it was a no brainer, especially since both of us had run a similar program at our previous chapters. I knew that littering was serious business and It is something that unfortunately is a big problem, giving the size and depth of our great state of Texas.
Adopt-A-Highway was something that we knew could turn into a great chapter tradition, because every adopted mile in Texas equals savings, and the more the state saves, the more they hopefully will have to fund the education of students across the state, like the ones out here with us today.”
Epsilon Alpha’s has a goal of collecting over 40 bags of trash each year and maintaining a clean and attractive environment. During this outing, twelve (12) large garbage bags were collected by the side of the Epsilon Alpha five (5) mile stretch, along Highway FM 1187 and East Rendon Crowley Road, in Burleson, TX.