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11-Year-Old Collecting Campaign Signs for a Better Future

If you drive anywhere across the state right now you may still see plenty of political campaign signs from this weekend. But where do they go when elections are over?

Many of the times those campaign signs go from yards to the landfills but one future politician is working to change that one sign at a time.

Eleven-year-old Tre Bishop is working to make a difference in our community.

“My dad told me when I was really young to go out and change the world every day,” said Bishop. So I thought this might not change the world completely but it’s one way for my future, my kids future and in everyone else’s future.”

After passing out more than 500 campaign signs for his dad, Stuart Bishop, he saw there was a problem.

“We were having fun and I wondered what happened to all the signs,” said Bishop. “I went home and looked it up and it turns out they take a special machine to shred them because they melt too easily and they usually end up in landfills and they hurt the environment a lot.”

So he came up with a plan collecting those signs with his friends John Austin and Andrew McCormick.

“We really love this and we’re going to take the metal and sell it so that we can take the money and give it to the place to recycle the signs,” said Bishop.

He said there are thousands of signs that are in the area. So he is asking for the publics’ help to collect those signs and drop them off in boxes all across town.

He’s getting everyone he can involved, including his family.

“He’s making us so proud,” said Kim Bishop, Tre’s mom. “He even involved his little brother. His little brother drew the little logo for him. So yeah he had the whole family involved.”

It’s a mission that he says doesn’t have an age limit.

“I think it’s really important to help the community,” said Bishop. “No matter how old you are you can help change the world.”

Bishop hopes to follow his dad’s footsteps one day to help make the world a better place.

Now Tre is asking for your help if you do have any of those signs he has drop off locations all across the area.

Some of those drop off locations are:
Enviromental Compost Facility-400 Dugas Rd
Baldwin Redi Mix
Lafayette- 2000 E Broussard Rd
Broussard-301 LA 96
New Iberia- 2403 Hulin Rd
Abbeyville- 2505 Jacqulyn St.
Baldwin- 611 Martin Luther King Blvd
Berwick- Berwick Trail
Breaux Bridge- 2222 Sawmill Hwy
Ascension Episcopal Schools
Trails Yamaha