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Keep Las Vegas Beautiful (KLVB) team members along with Lowe's Heroes volunteer employees, teachers and students successfully installed Outdoor Garden Classrooms at three local elementary schools, thanks to a $20,000 KAB/Lowe's Community Partners Grant awarded to KLVB . KLVB selected schools in need of garden projects which are qualified Title One schools with at least 90% of the students receiving free or reduced-price lunches. Schools selected for the KLVB Outdoor Garden Classrooms are also located within City of Las Vegas’ Neighborhood Risk Assessment Program areas. This program is a coordinated approach to identifying targeted neighborhoods that can be revitalized based on a strategic and collective focus of resources and programs. Each school received up to five 8’ x 4’ raised beds with soil, seeds, automatic drip irrigation and a year of maintenance. In addition, the schools will get weekly visits from a local farmer, who will teach students and teachers how to take care of the garden, plant and harvest, as well as a free curricula for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math lessons concurrent with Nevada State Standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards along with free teacher training. The program also organizes visits from local chefs to demonstrate how to cook food from the garden, teaches students how to organize and run a farmers’ market, and offers a Junior Master Gardener’s program.

Keep Las Vegas Beautiful, NV

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The City of Hammond/Keep Hammond Beautiful received a $10,000 Lowe’s/Keep America Beautiful Community Improvement Grant to revitalize Clarke Park, a municipal park located in one of Hammond's older and lower-income neighborhoods. About 20 volunteers and City employees assembled in the park on a cloudy December day just after Thanksgiving to plant a new garden near the front of the park, restore a natural buffer between active and passive parkspaces, and install picnic tables, park benches, and a new water line in the park. City employees also replaced sprinklers within the park's baseball field. The picnic tables will provide families a place to gather to celebrate holidays, neighborhood and community events, reunions, and birthdays. Park benches will offer visitors, especially, seniors, places within the park to sit, comfortably relax, and watch their grandchildren play—or simply enjoy the outdoors. And the water line will make maintaining park grounds easier—in addition to permitting the installation of an outdoor drinking fountain for playgroundgoers. Neighbors of Clarke Park and residents of the surrounding community have been quick to compliment the City of Hammond, Keep Hammond Beautiful, and volunteers on the work that was done. For his part, the outgoing Mayor of Hammond, Mayson Foster, is also quick to express his and his city's gratitude for the Lowe's/Keep America Beautiful partnership that made the improvements to Clarke Park possible. "It's made a real difference here," he observes, surveying the completed project, "and we couldn't be happier."

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It is the belief of Keep Highway Park Beautiful that change begins with education followed by action. The Highway Park Community is a low income, primarily minority community outside the city limits of Lake Placid, FL. The community was surveyed and asked to prioritize the issues they felt could be most beneficial. The lack of a community park was among the top 3 issues identified. Keep Highway Park Beautiful selected and purchased 100 x 160 foot vacant lot that was filled with trash, overgrown with vegetation, and an abandoned/dilapidated building. The location was ideal for a park due to its proximity to the commercial district and its ease of access. It is within easy walking distance for most residents. KHPB applied for the KAB/Lowe's Community Improvement grant and was awarded $10,000. With these funds, KHPB immediately began work on the park beginning in September of 2014. A professional landscape design was procured that meets county environmental codes and protects the habitat of certain endangered species such as the blue tailed mole skink and sand skink. County right of ways and underground utilities were validated. Our group of volunteers worked diligently for two months. The teams cleared trash and debris, removed deeply rooted tree stumps, graded land, planted palm trees, laid sod, mulch, flowers, created walking paths and installed one of two fountains. Heavy duty equipment as well as a lot of manual labor was involved. Seventy five (75) percent of the park was completed by November 30, 2014. Keep Highway Park Beautiful is extremely grateful to KAB and Lowe's and our many volunteers for their help. This grant went a very long way toward ensuring that our dream of a community park will soon become a reality. What was once vacant, trash filled property at 104 Washington Street in Lake Placid (Highway Park), FL has now become an oasis of beauty even though it is only 75% completed. This park's design includes green space, children’s butterfly garden, two fountains, and more. The park will include recycling bins to encourage recycling of cans, bottles, & paper as well as cigarette ash receptacles. Feedback from the community has been extremely positive. We have had residents stop by and just pitch in because they saw how the area was improving and making such a positive difference. It is important to note that this park is visible from U S Hwy 27, a major transportation artery through the county. What was once an eyesore is now becoming one of the treasures of the community.

Keep Highway Park Beautiful, Lake Placid, FL

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On October 29, Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA), a Land Trust in midcoast Maine, undertook its most ambitious trail-improvement project yet. Thanks to cooperation among PWA, The Carpenter’s Boat Shop (CBS), Damariscotta River Association (DRA), and Lowe’s, five bridges at a popular nature preserve that basically disintegrated last year have been replaced. A team of 38 people worked all day hauling lumber and supplies over a mile into the preserve, deconstructing the old bridges, and constructing the new ones. Volunteers at CBS, which is located adjacent to the preserve, had cut the lumber prior to the project day. The team’s hard labor has made public access to Crooked Farm Preserve in Bristol, Maine, significantly safer and easier. Funding for this project came from a $10,000 Lowe’s “Community Partner” cash grant to PWA. PWA’s grant award was one of more than 60 merit-based grants awarded nationally by Lowe’s to community-based affiliates of Keep America Beautiful to support grassroots service projects. PWA’s Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful initiative was certified as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful just in May 2014. A crew of 32 volunteers and one staffperson from each of the three nonprofits worked alongside three employees of the Thomaston Lowe’s including Rachel Wade, Scott Naegely, and Sarah Greene, who participated via the “Lowe’s Heroes” program that encourages employees to volunteer for community service. There were 14 CBS volunteers, including crew leader Sarah Highland and Director Kim Hoare, and 8 DRA volunteers, including DRA Stewardship Director Steve Spencer (Crooked Farm Preserve is co-managed with DRA). There were 11 PWA volunteers, including PWA volunteer Jim Hatch, the Steward for Crooked Farm Preserve, who managed the project. Hatch planned the work, including acquiring all the lumber and materials and engineering the bridge construction. Carolyn Shubert, PWA’s Program Coordinator, facilitated the volunteers and helped lug lumber and materials. PWA Board Member Mike Kane photographed the event. Volunteers were treated to a tee-shirt and lunch. Thanks to the generous Lowe’s grant, PWA was able to make a donation of $1,500 to CBS for all their work on the project. “Getting the chance to make a sizable donation to our neighboring nonprofit, The Carpenter’s Boat Shop, is a dream come true for me. It feels so good to be able to pay it forward!”, said Donna Minnis, PWA’s Executive Director, who spearheaded the grantwriting. “This whole project could not have turned out better,” she added. PWA thanks CBS, DRA, all the volunteers, Keep America Beautiful, and Lowe’s for their Heroes and funding. PWA’s mission is to conserve the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula through land and water stewardship and education. To learn more about PWA, visit

Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful

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Working with urban foresters from the Texas A&M Forestry Service, City of Tyler Parks Maintenance crew members and Lowe's, Keep Tyler Beautiful (KTyB) has created a community fruit orchard in the City of Tyler’s Woldert Park. Our goals and objectives of this project are to create a source for teaching community members how to grow fruit and nut trees. Once the trees are mature enough to bear fruit, we will invite members of the community to come into the orchard to pick the fruit while learning more about care and selection of fruit trees in their own yards.

Keep Tyler Beautiful, Tyler, Texas

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