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Thousands of Arkansans have already volunteered to pick up litter along the state’s roadways and waterways during Keep Arkansas Beautiful’s “Great Arkansas Cleanup". The annual Arkansas fall litter-pickup campaign, the Great Arkansas Cleanup, runs from Sept. 6 through Oct. 31 this year. Byrd’s Adventure Center, near Cass, hosted their own cleanup event, on Saturday, September 13. Keep Arkansas Beautiful was key in helping organize and publicize the effort, as well as furnishing volunteers with cleanup materials and supplies, such as trash bags, gloves, and safety vests. Organizers felt the need for a fall river cleanup that would complement the Great American Cleanup spring river cleanup organized by Brad Wimberly of Turner Bend. Event organizers, Courtney King of Byrd’s Adventure Center, Jeff Stepp, of Clarksville Recycling and Sustainability, and Jacob Gould, of GreenSource Recycling noted that nearly 100 volunteers registered to pick up trash along the Mulberry River banks and local highways. Volunteers drove from as far as Russellville and Fayetteville to take part in this year’s cleanup. Group involvement was key to the success of this year’s event, especially with the help of The University of the Ozarks, Cass Job Corps, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, U.S. Forest Service, Mulberry River Society, and Arkansas Stream Team. A very special thank you to the event host, Pamela Byrd Boulden owner of Byrd’s Adventure Center, for her continuous efforts to protect and preserve the Mulberry River Valley. Volunteers were not only rewarded with the satisfaction of preserving our natural landscape, but were also rewarded for their efforts with a cookout, live music and door prizes. The food and beverages were all donated from local businesses and restaurants: Steve Outlaw, Ozark IGA, Belle Point Beverages, GreenSource, Ozark Natural Foods, Ozark Natural Breads,Pickle Haus, Hellious Hummus, Jammin Java, Sysco Foods, and Byrd’s Mulberry Riverfront Restaurant. The band Arkansauce from Fayetteville donated their time and talents to entertain the volunteers with their unique style and stringed instruments. Everyone left with a prize for participating, toys for the kids, river gear, and even a kayak was given away as the grand prize! Event organizers and Byrd’s looks forward to many more fall cleanup events in the years to come. For information on how to find cleanups in your area, visit the Keep Arkansas Beautiful website. Trash Statistics: Total= 1,300lbs Landfill garbage= 500lbs Plastics= 250lbs Aluminum= 350lbs Tires= 8 Total Miles Cleaned= over 25 miles (Caltapa-Turners Bend)

Byrd’s Adventure Center, Mulberry River, Arkansas

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Keep America Beautiful affiliates in Arkansas and Oklahoma recently joined together to help keep the Arkansas River beautiful. Together they helped remove over 4 tons of litter from in and around the Arkansas River. On September 6, Keep Arkansas Beautiful kicked off their annual fall Great Arkansas Cleanup with the third annual Great Arkansas River Cleanup. Eight Arkansas communities, including five local Keep America Beautiful affiliates (Keep Little Rock Beautiful, Keep North Little Rock Beautiful, Keep Ozark Beautiful, Pine Bluff/Jefferson Co. Clean & Beautiful, and Keep Van Buren Beautiful) joined together for one large day of action to help reduce litter in and around the Arkansas River. Keep Oklahoma Beautiful also joined their efforts this year by organizing four cleanup events in Oklahoma communities along the Arkansas River. Final results are still being compiled, but preliminary results show: Almost 250 volunteers served more than 750 hours to help keep the Arkansas River beautiful. Produced a value of at least $16,000. More than 4 tons of litter removed (more than 8,816 pounds removed—including 374 bags of trash, 38 tires, 2 refrigerators, and 1 toilet!) The 2015 Great Arkansas Cleanup is scheduled for September 12, 2015. Keep Arkansas Beautiful hopes to recruit affiliates or communities in Colorado and Kansas for next year's efforts, as well as increasing the number of cleanup events in Arkansas and Oklahoma! For more information about the Great Arkansas Cleanup, please visit Keep Arkansas Beautiful's website here: http://keeparkansasbeautiful.com/get-involved/great_arkansas_cleanup/

Affiliates Join Together to Keep Arkansas River Beautiful

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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!

Keep Chicago Beautiful, Chicago, IL

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Philadelphia's waterfront (Penn's Landing) is experiencing a renaissance - from development plans never closer to being realized, to the amazing pop-up Spruce Street Harbor Park (http://bit.ly/1jmWDuz) and the new Fringe Arts headquarters and performance space (www.fringearts.com). That is why Keep Philadelphia Beautiful was so proud to team up with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (www.delawareriverwaterfront.com) to implement Keep America Beautiful's Cigarette Litter Prevention Program right in the heart of Penn's Landing. Together, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation ahve installed thirty new cigarette trash receptacles along the Waterfront, and will be embarking on outreach and education focused on the environmental damage caused by cigarette litter. We're already seeing the impact, too! Check out pictures of our new receptacles here (http://on.fb.me/1tyZAgT) and read all about the KAB Cigarette Litter Prevention program here (www.preventcigarettelitter.org). And the next time you're in Philly, go visit the waterfront! We promise you'll fall in love with it, and be as passionate as we are about keeping it beautiful!

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Philadelphia, PA

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Keep Genesee County Beautiful's volunteer activity is attracting even more volunteers. Each day as they continue their painting and improvements in Sarginson Park, the Adopt a Park sponsors from West Flint Community Watch are being approached by neighborhood residents who want to join in and help complete the process. Mary Severn, who co-chairs the Sarginson Park adoption team, was approached today while buying coffee and donuts for the hard-working volunteers in the park. A gentleman in line behind her asked a few questions and decided he wanted to volunteer as well. Whenever there are even two or three people interested in heading over to do some painting, Mary is willing to get them started with supplies and little direction. Scraping and painting begin at Delaware and Longway parks on September 13-14. Here's to the volunteer spirit!

Keep Genesee County Beautiful, Flint, MI

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