Keep America Beautiful of Anderson County has been a sponsor of the Anderson Downtown Block Party each Thursday evening from 6 until 9 PM as part of the anti-litter, pro-recycling effort of the organization. Board members have worked to share information with the general public during this event which features a different band and genre of music each week. Litter bags, magnets containing recycling information, and coloring books featuring recycling education are just a few of the items made available to the public. Children have been especially fond of the rubber bracelets with a KAB message and of the KAB stickers! The event will continue through the first week of November.
Vicky Kleros, the principal of Manuel Perez Jr. Elementary School, believed that if she could create a space that was quiet, beautiful and special, her students would be better readers. So Ms. Kleros created a “Reading Garden” on school grounds. She was very successful. However, the funds to increase the scope and shape of the small garden were not available. But with a little help from Keep Chicago Beautiful, the school has increased the size of the garden and filled it with new native plants. The plants were supplied by KCB, but the students served as the gardeners and enjoyed every minute!
Located in Edmond, Okla., St. Mary’s Episcopal School’s Beyond the Classroom program offers special morning and afternoon childcare in an effort to provide children with a safe, secure, “home away from home” atmosphere. Beyond the Classroom students (BTC) focused their Great American Cleanup (GAC) efforts on 60 acres of school grounds. The students worked to expand the nesting boxes trail for bluebirds, cut down invasive pears in the native grasses with easy-to-use tools provided by Troy-Bilt. They also installed two outdoor classrooms of stones that are sustainable, low maintenance and will last forever.
Students cleaned up ponds as the water levels dropped, trail litter clean ups each visit, monitored the nesting of birds at St. Mary’s and earned national recognition as Advanced Bird Sanctuary by National Wildfire Federation. Donna Mackiewicz is the Director of Beyond the Classroom at St. Mary’s Episcopal School and is constantly participating in Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s programs. We appreciate everything she is doing to help students grow. Way to go BTC!
Keep Manatee Beautiful has partnered with the City of Bradenton and Manatee County Government to expand its Cigarette Litter Prevention Program. The program is designed to educate citizens about the environmental impacts of improper disposal of cigarette litter and to provide cigarette receptacles for proper disposal.
In May 2014, Keep Manatee Beautiful received Keep America Beautiful grants of $7,000 to initiate a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program to install 90 cigarette bins with at Bradenton’s Riverwalk and Main Street, Manatee Public Beach, Bayfront Park and Palma Sola Causeway.
The cigarette bin and portable ashtrays will be available to attendees at the numerous, annual events held at the City of Bradenton’s Riverwalk at Rossi Park and historic Old Main Street. At these events, we will get them directly into the hands of adult smokers through a one-on-one distribution to give them a way to properly dispose of cigarette butts and to inform them of the newly installed cigarette bins.
At Manatee County parks on Anna Maria Island and Palma Sola Causeway, older cigarette bins made of stainless steel will be replaced with a more durable style. The ash receptacle we have chosen is the Glaro 2401 Wall Mounted Indoor Outdoor Ashtray. Completely weatherproof, windproof and fireproof, this cigarette receptacle is made of solid 1/16 thick seamless aluminum and has a large capacity and is easy to empty because of a smartly-designed security locking system. Satin brass models cannot tarnish and, therefore, never need polishing. Permanent-mount and wall-mounted models are complete with all mounting hardware. They conceal odors and prevent the wind from blowing debris.
Before and after the installation, volunteers will conduct a cigarette butt scan of the areas surrounding specific installations to get a before/after count of the cigarette butt litter.
For the second year in a row the Great American Cleanup (GAC) was part of the Forsyth County Creek Week coordinated by the City’s Storm Water Department, other county municipalities, the Library, Cooperative Extension Service and many other groups including of course KWSB.
March 15-22 events were held each day including creek crawls, fishing demonstrations, movies, book readings, photo contests, educational activities leading up to a large cleanup on March 22. On that final day approximately 1,000 volunteers county wide removed over 16,000 lbs. of trash and recyclables from local waterways, streets, parks and schools. Volunteers were provided Cici’s pizza, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Pepsi drinks. It was a VERY successful and fun week!
On May 15, more than 4,000 students, teachers and community volunteers gathered on Los Angeles’s Dockweiler State Beach to take part in the 21st annual Kids Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup Day. Throughout the entire school year, the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education taught students about the impact litter has on the ocean, the shoreline, and marine life. Students ages 8-13 learned about the importance of a clean, healthy environment and the lesson culminated in a fun school-wide cleanup day!
The volunteers spent the morning picking up trash, paper, plastic and cigarette butts from the state beach. They also took part in a long-standing tradition of creating aerial artwork to spell out an environmental design or phrase. This year’s phrase, “Clean Me Up :)” was a text-message-like-design sent from the ocean to raise awareness about the severe marine litter problem. The message reminded local Los Angeles residents to clean up their trash and litter to beautify the beach and sustain the ocean.
The event was an excellent start to the beautiful summer season ahead. Sponsors included the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education, the California Coastal Commission, the City of Los Angeles, Spectral Q and Keep Los Angeles Beautiful. The participating organizations plan to continue the cleanup day for many years to come because it is a great way to get young students engaged and excited about their environmental impact. Thank you Los Angeles Unified School District for keeping your city’s beaches and oceans beautiful!
Students from St. Mary School’s before- and after-school program — Beyond the Classroom — explore and learn outside in the natural prairie grounds at every chance.
Located at the end of the cross timbers, the children have cleared trash and rubbish, completed litter pick-ups on the school grounds, recycled paper, added more nest boxes to the bluebird trail, added two stone classroom-seating areas, planted gardens, and built forts by clearing undergrowth of Eastern Red Cedars.
Trimming the branches, cutting invasive pears, and planting the gardens was a breeze with a grant provided by Troy-Bilt. Oklahoma Master Naturalists conducted a tool-safety and tree-pruning workshop for the kids and guided their use, as the tools were used to keep Oklahoma (and America) beautiful!
On April 24th, 2014 Keep Moore County Beautiful celebrated Earth Day at the Pinehurst Elementary School’s “Earth Day Expo.” Executive Director, Chad Beane, had 500 kids participating in his interactive Recycling Game and was able to distribute recycling and anti-litter stickers and tattoos to the kids from our booth.