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Bright n' Beautiful successfully teamed up with the Billings Parks Department to seek a $5,000 Keep America Beautiful/Lowe's Community Partner Grant to address local food insecurity. The grant funded a greenhouse for the Amend Park Community Garden in Billings, Montana. The Garden is located in a food desert and targets families experiencing poverty. Despite several weather delays, the greenhouse was constructed by the efforts of local volunteers, Bright n' Beautiful and Parks Department staff. The greenhouse will extend the growing season for community garden participants allowing them to start their own plants and grow some produce during cooler months. Additionally, it will increase outreach efforts to neighboring elementary schools by the Parks Department, furthering the effort to encourage and promote local nutritious food. This project wouldn't have been possible without the generous support of Lowe's and Keep America Beautiful.

Bright n’ Beautiful, Billings, MT

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Thanks to a Waste Management Think Green Grant through Keep America Beautiful, the New Mexico Recycling Coalition was able to develop and present a “Commercial Recycling: A Local Policy and Strategy Guide.” The greater project is called “Increasing Recycling in NM,” which aims to provide state and community-level strategies leading to a 50 percent recycling rate. The grant allowed strategies to increase business recycling to be presented at an Oct. 14, 2015, stakeholder meeting with 47 recycling and solid waste professionals in attendance.

New Mexico Recycling Coalition, Santa Fe, NM

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Keep Hammond Beautiful, in partnership with the City of Hammond, Amerigroup Real Solutions, and the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, sought a $20,000 KAB/Lowe's Community Partners Grant to install a Born Learning Trail through Jackson Park, a municipal park located in one of Hammond's poorest neighborhoods. Part of a national initiative, Born Learning Trails encourage parents, grandparents, other caregivers, and communities "to explore ways to turn everyday moments," such as a visit to a park, "into fun learning opportunities"—reminding them that "everyday life is a learning experience for children." The Jackson Park Born Learning Trail features nine outdoor learning activities challenging children—and their caregivers—to 1) create, imagine, and pretend; 2) describe, compare, and learn; 3) jump, clap, skip, and move; 4) listen, touch, and think; 5) look, learn, and laugh; 6) see, say, point, and read; 7) talk and sing; 8) toss, hop, shake, and wiggle; and 9) watch, stop, and play.

Keep Hammond Beautiful, Hammond, LA

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Two OKC Beautiful programs -- Teen Board Class VI and OKC Harvest -- worked hand in hand with the faculty and parents of FD Moon Academy to build a schoolyard garden in the courtyard for the students to utilize. Despite rainy weather, our enthusiastic volunteers came to work for this final "Dig It Day" of the season. THANK YOU to our Lowe's Community Partners Grant and Keep America Beautiful for helping make this partnership possible!

Oklahoma City Beautiful, Oklahoma City, OK

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It was an amazing year for Keep Akron Beautiful and its community partners at Lowe’s of Fairlawn. The Lowe’s Heroes, led by store manager Gary Sutor, are proving time and time again what dedication to community improvement really looks like! Lowe’s employees have dedicated their time and expertise in Akron to support projects that will have a lasting effect. Thanks to Lowe’s of Fairlawn, Derby Downs, the racetrack for the International Soapbox Derby, has a new gated entrance. Over the summer, employees helped to install a new gate that would deter vandals from entering onto the grounds and damaging property during the off season. The generosity of Lowe’s of Fairlawn also touched at the Batter Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties. Volunteers gave the landscaping surrounding the entrance of the shelter a makeover, adding new shrubs and flowers, mulch, hanging baskets, and gravel beds. Using tools from Keep Akron Beautiful’s Community Pride Trailer, Lowe’s employees were able to provide a landscape makeover that has had a positive impact on the lives of residents as well as attendees of a fundraiser for the shelter that took place at the shelter later that month. Lowe’s of Fairlawn volunteers are clearly not one-and-done volunteers, returning to the shelter in the fall to provide renovations of the shelter, including to residents’ room! Lowe’s of Fairlawn continue to be an invaluable community partner to Keep Akron Beautiful. After using the Community Pride Trailer, Lowe’s of Fairlawn graciously donated supplies like trash bags, bulb planters, lighting and a Troy-Bilt trimmer. By improving the equipment list of the Community Pride Trailer, Lowe’s has extended its impact by making our volunteers' work more efficient with the addition of new supplies! Keep Akron Beautiful continues to be awestruck at the dedication, commitment and kindness our vendor partners, such as Lowe’s of Fairlawn, show to our agency and the community.

Keep Akron Beautiful, Akron, OH

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Keep Moore County Beautiful had its Annual Shredding Event on Nov. 14, 2015, in celebration of America Recycles Day. The event took place at the Pinecrest High School parking lot. We collected 18,000 pounds of paper and over $700 in donations. We are very thankful for our Board Members, Staff and the Pinecrest High School Air Force Cadets for their contribution to making this event such a success with all their hard work. This event was free to the Moore County residents. Shredding personal papers is a sound protection against identity theft. The shredding event was supported by ProShred Security.

Keep Moore County Beautiful, Carthage, NC

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