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The Keep Charlotte Beautiful (KCB) local Youth Advisory Council wanted to spruce up Port Charlotte High School. They have 21 planters that are 4 feet high and 4 feet in diameter, with only a queen palm in most of them. With the help of a Keep America Beautiful/Waste Management Think Green Grant and the PCHS Key Club, the students have started replanting. Phase One is in the front of the school. As the clubs adopt the planters, KCB volunteers will come in to help them plant.

Keep Charlotte Beautiful, Port Charlotte, FL

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Where Have All the Bushes Gone? If you drive by Bristol Consolidated School this spring and notice that the bushes are gone, that means the native planting project is underway. The yews and some of the rhododendrons at the front of school will be replaced by trees, shrubs, flowers, grasses, and ground cover that are native to Maine and the Northeast. Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) was awarded a Keep America Beautiful/UPS Community Tree Planting Grant to fund the effort that will serve to educate students and community members about the critical importance of native vegetation to the health of ecosystems. The project dovetails with the school’s existing plan to improve the parking lot, and it also aligns with an existing PWA program at the school – the Maine Apprentice Gardeners Program -- where PWA volunteers teach students about gardening. The planning and implementation of the project are being led by PWA volunteers Bonnie Potter and Linda Shaffer. We anticipate the new plants will be in the ground and thriving by the end of July. If you have questions about the project, contact Linda at lindashaffer27@roadrunner.com.

Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful, Damariscotta, ME

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Keep Dorchester County Beautiful partnered with the Summerville Saltwater Anglers for its annual cleanup of the Ashley River in Summerville, South Carolina. In March, the Summerville Saltwater Anglers were assisted by 130 volunteers who headed onto the Ashley River in 48 boats and a number of canoes, ultimately removing 11.49 tons of trash. "The Glad bags were awesome, strong and leak-proof," said Carolyn Tomlinson, director, Keep Dorchester County Beautiful. "Thank you, Glad!"

Keep Dorchester County Beautiful, Summerville, SC

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Congratulations to Marshall Christian School for winning first place in Alabama's 2015 Recycle-Bowl competition -- again! Marshall Christian recycled 3,535.6 pounds at an average of 11.79 pounds per person during the competition. Keep Albertville Beautiful awarded the school with a $500 check. Roy Bryant, principal of MCS, shared with us that they plan to use the funds for playground equipment. All of the schools competing in Albertville recycled a total of 37,955 pounds during the competition! All of our Albertville schools placed in the top 10 in the state of Alabama! We are so proud to have our community represented by such an amazing group of young people, their teachers, and staff. Way to go kids, and keep up the good work! We are so proud of you! ‪

Keep Albertville Beautiful Albertville, AL

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Thanks to all of those who braved the gusty March winds to participate in Keep Albertville Beautiful's tree giveaway to celebrate Arbor Day! Future generations of Albertville residents will be able to appreciate the beauty of the trees that were planted. We had a phenomenal turnout, and gave away 1,320 tree seedlings. Thank you, Alabama Forestry Commission for your generous donation of hundreds of tree seedlings for Marshall County! ‪

Keep Albertville Beautiful, Albertville, AL

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