Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful

On May 9th, Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful (KRCB) launched the 17th annual Great American Cleanup in the City of Riverside. Over 1,000 community volunteers took on critical neighborhoods at 59 cleanup sites citywide. Projects included: litter and weed abatement, graffiti eradication, cleaning local waterways, and planting trees in a residential neighborhood. Special thanks go to the crews from Athens Services, Burrtec Waste Industries, and CR&R Environmental Services for following the volunteer’s efforts that day, collecting over 16,000 lbs. of litter, debris, weeds, and bulky items. We would also like to thank our national sponsor, Niagara Bottling, whose employees brought their families to assist the cleanup effort in Riverside, CA.

Keep Eunice Beautiful, Louisiana

As part of our Great America Cleanup (GAC) events, we enlisted students at our local college (LSU at Eunice) and youth from a local First Baptist Church as well as youth from Eunice High School. These young people are becoming more aware of the litter problem in our town and they are acting as per review advocates to clean up our city.

Keep Cass County Beautiful, Louisville, NE

Keep Cass County Beautiful appreciates the hard work from these students who conducted a litter cleanup of a portion of Highway 50 south of Weeping Water, downtown Weeping Water, and the local park areas. The students along with their school sponsors (Sarah Roehl, FCCLA; and Sue Heinz, FBLA) collected 18 large garbage bags of trash. Terrific Job! Thank you for helping keep Cass County Nebraska clean and beautiful!

Keep the Midlands Beautiful, West Columbia South Carolina

Wow, April is almost over! Keep the Midlands Beautiful has had a busy, but fun month. We started the month with a local school wanting to do a 2 day service learning project. These children ranged in age from 8 to 18. They worked with a local police officer to cleanup senior citizens yards. Both days, 20+ students showed up to cleanup 3 to 4 people’s yards. The students really enjoyed getting out of the classroom and giving back to their community.

Keep Guntersville Beautiful, AL

The Lakeview Community Civic Organization (LCCO) coordinated its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Neighborhood Cleanup. Keep Guntersville Beautiful assisted in this worthy endeavor by providing gloves, safety vests, bags, litter picker sticks and calling for volunteers. Volunteers assembled at Williamson-Harris Park for a breakfast provided by the LCCO. Afterwards, teams spent three hours picking up trash and collecting recyclables throughout the Lakeview neighborhood. The Guntersville Police Department, the LCCO and their partners in the Building Bridges Task Force will receive a Distinguished Service Citation for Community Improvement Litter Prevention & Revitalization for such service projects at the KAB National Conference Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on January 27, 2015.

Keep Moore County Beautiful, Carthage, NC

On December 18, 2014 seven Keep Moore County Beautiful (KMCB) board members and friends conducted a roadside cleanup of Highway 15-501, Carthage, North Carolina. KMCB participates in the Adopt-A-Highway program and is responsible for both sides of 15-501 for the one mile section of roadway between Morganton Road and the entrance to Fairwoods on 7.

The volunteers all watched a safety video provided by the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) prior to the event. Safety vests, trash bags and “grabbers” were provided by the KMCB administration.

Bob Coates, a KMCB board member said “It was a great event and very satisfying to have so many of our members pitch in and help get this well traveled section of road looking good again.”

14 bags of trash were collected and taken to the landfill and a report submitted to NCDOT. Cigarette butts and lottery tickets were the most prevalent form of litter encountered. Organizations who adopt a section of highway commit to doing cleanups a minimum of four times a year. KMCB will be doing this section of road again in late March 2015.

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 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.