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Clean Teens present 2019 performances this week

John Thompson • Apr 30, 2019 at 9:20 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Once again, a group of high schoolers from Carter County’s four high schools will be going to each of the county’s elementary schools to spread two messages about protecting the environment and stopping bullying.

Every year, the Carter County Sheriff’s Department sponsors a program called “Clean Teens.” Participating students produce a series of skits which they perform in each of the elementary schools. The performances center around anti-littering and anti-bullying themes. This year’s shows include characters from Marvel’s “Avengers” and Pixar’s “The Incredibles.”

The Clean Teens were first formed nearly a decade ago because it was realized that when teachers or other adults present the message, it doesn’t always make much of an impact on elementary students. But these students usually admire and listen to high school students, who they often look up to as role models.

The result is that the messages delivered by the high schoolers are usually heard and remembered by the elementary students.

This year’s performances get started today and run through the rest of the week.

The schedule is as follows:

May 1

8:30 a.m.: Little Milligan Elementary.

10 a.m.: Cloudland Elementary.

1 p.m.: Hampton Elementary.

May 2

9 a.m.: Valley Forge Elementary.

10:30 p.m.: Happy Valley Elementary.

12:30 p.m.: Central Elementary.

May 3

8:30 a.m.: Unaka Elementary.

10 a.m.: Hunter Elementary.

1 p.m.: Keenburg Elementary.

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