I’m in DC building picnic tables with one of our favorite corporate partners at the KAB conference. It may be snowing to the north, but things are heating up here with some great conference sessions and resources along with amazing peers from across the country.
The Lakeview Community Civic Organization (LCCO) coordinated its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Neighborhood Cleanup. Keep Guntersville Beautiful assisted in this worthy endeavor by providing gloves, safety vests, bags, litter picker sticks and calling for volunteers. Volunteers assembled at Williamson-Harris Park for a breakfast provided by the LCCO. Afterwards, teams spent three hours picking up trash and collecting recyclables throughout the Lakeview neighborhood. The Guntersville Police Department, the LCCO and their partners in the Building Bridges Task Force will receive a Distinguished Service Citation for Community Improvement Litter Prevention & Revitalization for such service projects at the KAB National Conference Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on January 27, 2015.
Thanks to #Lowes this trail now provide additional access to the Holly Arboretum. It features an accessible surface for visitors. The Holly Arboretum in Deming Park is the largest Arboretum in a public park in the world.
Lincoln Elementary Art Club Students work with Keep North Platte Lincoln County Beautiful to create a recycled Bottle Cap Mural. KNPLCB helped students create the 12′ x 8′ piece of artwork in an effort to reuse plastic lids, while focusing on ways to keep trash out of the landfill. The bottle cap mural hangs in the entryway at the School.
In the photo above, you will see a group of Elementary kids from Lincoln School in North Platte, Nebraska. The school and Kids Klub, an afterschool program, partnered with Keep North Platte Lincoln County Beautiful and the Berean Church to create the GROW (Gardens Reshape Our World) Community Garden. The Garden was funded by local donations and a $12,000 Troy-Bilt Taking Root Grant. GROW serves as an outdoor classroom for kids and a community garden spot. Kids also pick produce and take it to the local homeless shelter and Salvation Army.
Keep Moore County Beautiful held their Bi-Annual Shredding Event on Saturday, November 22, 2014,at Pinecrest High School with over 350 participants. The KMCB board members were glad they made the decision to add a second truck to this year’s event to accommodate the traffic flow. We facilitated change by adding an additional truck from ProShred Security. We had many volunteers that included 5 Air Force Cadets, board members and staff. We collected over 23, 770 pounds of paper.
On December 18, 2014 seven Keep Moore County Beautiful (KMCB) board members and friends conducted a roadside cleanup of Highway 15-501, Carthage, North Carolina. KMCB participates in the Adopt-A-Highway program and is responsible for both sides of 15-501 for the one mile section of roadway between Morganton Road and the entrance to Fairwoods on 7.
The volunteers all watched a safety video provided by the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) prior to the event. Safety vests, trash bags and “grabbers” were provided by the KMCB administration.
Bob Coates, a KMCB board member said “It was a great event and very satisfying to have so many of our members pitch in and help get this well traveled section of road looking good again.”
14 bags of trash were collected and taken to the landfill and a report submitted to NCDOT. Cigarette butts and lottery tickets were the most prevalent form of litter encountered. Organizations who adopt a section of highway commit to doing cleanups a minimum of four times a year. KMCB will be doing this section of road again in late March 2015.
We were getting our site ready for our new community playground! Thanks Lowe’s!