Keep Rockland Beautiful, New City, NY

On October 24, Lowe’s of Clarkstown employees assisted 5th through 7th grade students from the Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center in Spring Valley in the painting of 6 Artful Receptacle cans. The students sketched the can designs during a workshop at the MLK Center on October 16. KRB’s artist consultant on this project, Shirley Goebel Christie, facilitated the design workshop.

On October 27, Lowe’s of Orangeburg employees assisted a group of volunteers from Another Step of Rockland, a service organization for people with Developmental Disabilities, to paint 7 Artful Receptacles. Another Step volunteers sketched out their designs at a workshop held with Mrs. Christie on October 10. Several Lowe’s volunteers also designed and painted their own cans at this event.

Keep Guntersville Beautiful, AL

Keep Guntersville Beautiful and more than 100 of our friends constructed a beautiful “Hope in Bloom Garden” as a tribute to families in our community who have been touched by cancer. The “Hope in Bloom Garden” is located on the Azalea Walking Trail located in the Guntersville Civitan Park and received extensive damage from a series of tornadoes in 2011. The new garden is part of on-going efforts to restore the park. Seasonal flowers and plant materials were selected in color schemes representing various forms of cancer.

Species with candy themed names were also selected such as Cotton Candy Camellias were included in recognition of childhood cancers. The focal point of the garden is a heart-shaped recycled metal ribbon sculpture created by local artist David Hammock. This National Planting Day Project was funded in part by a KAB-Lowe’s Community Improvement Grant. KGB partnered with the Marshall Medical Center Foundation, Girl Scout Troop 10098, BSA Troop 4173, Marshall County PALS, GHS Wildcats@Work, Students for Earth and cancer survivors which provided a beautiful backdrop along the route of our Annual Pink Pumpkin Run for Breast Cancer.

OKC Beautiful

On Saturday, October 25th the OKC Beautiful Teen Board held their fall Service Project made possible by a Lowe’s/KAB Community Improvement Grant. The goal of the project was to revitalize the school grounds of Britton Elementary school. The school is located on the Northwest side of Oklahoma City in a low-income, minority populated area. The school itself suffers from lack of funding and consequently received an “F” Student Performance Grade rating in 2013 based on their Standardized Test results. 100% of the students that attend this school are on the Federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program. Many of the students live in apartment complexes and the only green spaces they regularly interact with are the school grounds. Revitalizing the school grounds not only benefits the students, but impacts the surrounding community who then can be inspired to clean up their own yards. By providing a clean, beautiful and inviting space to the students we are showing them that their community cares about them.

The day of the project the teens cleared away dead plants and trees. They trimmed up existing shrubs and planted new, more sustainable plants such as Crape Myrtles, Vitex and Hollys. The teens also painted playground benches, picnic tables and playground equipment. Volunteers from the Britton PTA and students from the University of Oklahoma joined the teens in the clean-up effort. By the end of the day the school grounds were looking so much better! It is amazing how a little effort can make such a big difference.

Keep Rockland Beautiful, New City, New York

On October 24th, Lowe’s of Clarkstown employees assisted 5th through 7th grade students from the Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center in Spring Valley in the painting of 6 Artful Receptacle cans. The students have sketched the can designs during a workshop at the MLK Center on October 16th. KRB’s artist consultant on this project, Shirley Goebel Christie, facilitated the design workshop.

On October 27th, Lowe’s of Orangeburg employees will assist a group of volunteers from Another Step of Rockland, a service organization for people with Developmental Disabilities, to paint 6-10 Artful Receptacles. Another Step volunteers have sketched out their designs at a workshop held with Mrs. Christie on October 10th. Several Lowe’s volunteers will also be designing and painting their own cans at this event.

Keep Casper Beautiful Casper, Wyoming

On October 23rd, the City of Casper opened its newest neighborhood park. The land was set aside for future park development in 1979. As the neighborhood grew around the park, it became clear that now was the time to develop the park. Children in the neighborhood didn’t have any parks that they could walk or ride their bikes to; the nearest park was on the north side of a 4 lane highway. The park was planned with only 3 trees.

Keep Casper Beautiful applied for and received a UPS Foundation grant. Because of the grant, 33 trees are now planted in the park. Trees include pear, apple, cherry, apricot, burr oak, honeylocust, fir, and walnut. Members of the local UPS management team and 35 students from a nearby elementary school (Crest Hill Elementary) planted 10 of the 33 trees. The students from grades K-5 are members of the school’s environmental club. The students were divided into groups, each one with its own UPS leader, to plant trees. UPS then treated the students to cookies and juice. Later in the day, members of the neighborhood planted the rest of the trees in their new neighborhood park. After the planting, the kids enjoyed playing on their new playground and running and playing on the new turf.

KEEP MOORE COUNTY BEAUTIFUL, CARTHAGE, NC

Thanks to all our Big Sweep volunteers. Scott Dunlap got up and picked up trash at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, October 11th, for our second Big Sweep Event in Robbins, Bear Creek. We wondered why there wasn’t as much trash as usual. Thanks, Bob Coates and Fred Shuker, Board Members from Keep Moore County Beautiful. Besides Scott we had William, Lynne, and River McDuffie, Mark Garner, Cynthia Reeves, and Dave and Lisa Hobbs, all from Foothills Outdoors. We picked up 20 bags of trash, one mattress, air conditioner casing, and 3 tires. Our three main canoe and kayak access points (Spies rd. 705 bridge, and Reynolds Mill bridge) were the focus of this years clean up. The water was too low to do much in the creek. River was able to get in her boat at Reynolds Mill, and removed a lot of trash from around the bridge. But we had a successful day Keeping Moore County Beautiful.

Keep Akron Beautiful, Akron, OH

On Saturday Sept. 27, as 15,000 runners were running through the streets of Akron — and even more spectators were lining the streets watching — Keep Akron Beautiful was assisting the Akron Marathon with its recycling efforts!

Early in the morning, a crew of 15 made sure that the trash cans only had trash in them, and that the recycling bins were highly utilized. This group was sorting everything that people were throwing in the trash, pulling out water bottles, cans, and making sure the clothing was donated, not thrown away! Only 10 bags of trash were collected at the start line, and two large blue recycling totes were FULL of recyclables.

On the concourse and at the finish line of the race, our Green Team was collecting heat sheets and grocery bags, chip bags to be recycled, PowerBar wrappers to be recycled, bottles and cans, and banana peels to be composted.

The Akron Marathon, Keep Akron Beautiful and ReWorks rallied together to make recycling and composting a breeze for all runners involved in the festivities.

Thanks to a grant from Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation, this is the second year we were able to utilize the 25 recycling bins designed specifically for placement at the race. These bins were placed on the concourse of Canal Park on Sept. 27.

A special thanks goes out to the “Green Team,” who worked together to make sure the recyclables and trash were in their proper places. From the start line to the finish line and everywhere in between, the volunteers did an amazing job! Congratulations Akron (AND ALL RUNNERS!) on another successful Akron Marathon!

The results? Twenty-five full bags of heat sheets were taken to the Blankets to Boards program; 3.41 tons of recyclables; and 630 lbs of clothing were donated to the Salvation Army. We are still waiting on numbers for our composting. It was a very successful recycling day at the Akron Marathon. We are proud to work with such great partners to make this happen in Akron!

Keep Moore County Beautiful , Carthage, North Carolina

Keep Moore County Beautiful Executive Director, Chad C. Beane, and Assistant Karen S. Schreifels, once again participated in the North Carolina Big Sweep Waterway Cleanup for 2014. Keep Moore County Beautiful collaborated with the Aberdeen Parks & Recreation for the waterway cleanup event, Saturday, October 4th. The event was a success. The North Carolina Big Sweep is a one-day event to remove litter from our waterways. We had many volunteers to include, Bob Coates, board member, Jack Clelland, Parks Coordinator, Boys Scouts, Troop 88, and a student from Pinecrest High School. The volunteers collected a substantial amount of litter from a 2-mile stretch. We collected 20 pounds of recycle, 22 pounds of waste, 1 large drain pipe and two entangled wildlife, (1) goose, (1) duck. Keep Moore County Beautiful is very proud to participate in this program and very grateful for all the groups and volunteers that put forth a collaborative effort to continue to Keep Moore County Beautiful in North Carolina.