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LWV of South Central Texas
PO Box 78
Hallettsville, TX 77964
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Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

Another Way to Give Back to Our South Central Texas Community!

The League of Women Voters of South Central Texas is part of a network of 3,400 groups participating in the Texas Department of Transportation’s Adopt-a-Highway Program. As a participant, the League holds four cleanups a year for a minimum of two years on a two-mile stretch of Highway 90 in Fayette county. The original Adopt-a-Highway program began in Texas in 1985. Since then, it’s grown into a nationally and internationally recognized litter-prevention effort, saving taxpayers’ dollars and keeping our rights of way clean. 

Our first Adopt-A-Highway cleanup was on Monday, June 13, 2022 and have been scheduled quarterly since that time. We typically begin at 8:00 AM to take advantage of cooler morning temperatures. Jaci Elliott, our Adopt-a-Highway coordinator, provides maps, do-able assignments, chilled water, sunscreen, bug spray, reflective vests, and collection bags. Volunteers work in teams and in a little less than two hours, typically collect a mountain of trash. We always leave our stretch of adopted Highway 90 looking great!

Watch our calendar and monthly League News for future clean-ups. Plan to join us and bring a friend!

Are you wondering why we decided that picking up trash is part of what we do? Yes, it's not core to our mission, but it's another way for us to give back to our community, be more visible (look for our sign) and build connections among friends and members. 



By Jaci M. Elliott


Count me among my aunt, an octogenarian friend, and even writer David Sedaris,

As one of the roadside trash warriors of the world.


Having moved five years ago to rural Central Texas,

I have pick up trash along Farm-to-Market routes near our property,

Which were recently quilted in a rainbow of spring wildflowers.


I used to walk, but now, in case I need to outrun the occasional and commonly aggressive canine,

I take our Honda Recon, which is outfitted with a crate, several plastic bags and a bungee cord.


The recyclables are separated from the refuse with the most popular items being:

Lone Star beer cans, store brand water bottles and Whataburger cups,

Presumably tossed, in order, by the following drivers:

Young males, construction workers, or local grab-and-go families,

All of whom are much too lazy.


Bleached armadillo hide is a dead-ringer (if you’ll pardon the expression) for Styrofoam pieces.

Scorpions and fire ants are known hazards.

My biggest haul yet probably filled four kitchen-sized garbage cans.

My most unusual find was a girls’ pony saddle, decked out in pink leather trim and missing the horn.

Thankfully, our local trash collection center is also a large recycling center.


Most travelers, when they see me in my gloves and reflective vest,

Will give me the standard two-fingered wave from their steering wheel.


Once, a passing farmer asked me how much money I got for the aluminum.

I told him I don’t turn anything in for money;

My satisfaction comes from seeing just the wild and the flowers along our country roads.

He thanked me for improving our little highway and apologized for our slovenly neighbors. 


Made my day, to be appreciated for just doing my part, our part.

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