Keep Guntersville Beautiful partnered with the Mountain Valley Arts Council to host a photography exhibit called “Guntersville EXPOSED: Images of Our Dirty Little Secret”. The exhibit featured images made by local professional and amateur photographers and public officials. It showcased both the community’s scenic wonders contrasted with unsightly pictures documenting the harmful impact of litter. The exhibit had 350 in-person guests and almost 800 visitors to the on-line gallery. It was so well-received that our local schools adopted the exhibit as a virtual field trip for E-learning Day. This exhibit is credited with significantly raising public awareness about litter and bringing out record of numbers of volunteers for our Great American Cleanup and beautification events.
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!
This dedicated team, “Let’s Do This Avoca,” from Avoca, Neb. works hard to keep the village park and the spur into town free of litter. The energetic team conducted 3 Great American Cleanups in the months of April and May and will continue to keep their community litter free all summer. Keep up the great work to help make Cass County, Nebraska beautiful!
Troy’s 1st Annual City-Wide Volunteer Clean-up Campaign – Team Up to Clean Up! engaged local residents to come together for the betterment of our community. The Team Up to Clean Up campaign was held as part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup. Between April 22, 2014 – May 31, 2014, volunteers from Troy neighborhoods, businesses, organizations, groups, and individuals were encouraged to join together to pick up the litter in our community. Garbage bags, recycling bags, and some litter grabbers depending on the size of the group and cleanup area were available for pick up at Troy City Hall, and teams were asked to fill out a survey after their event.
We had seven teams participate this year – Troy Women’s Basketball, First National Bank, Troy Airport ATC, Troy Kappa League, Troy University Football, Global Studies, Bush Memorial for a total of 77+ volunteers and picked up 28+ bags of litter! Areas cleaned included Bicentennial Park, Corman Ave, Park Street, 1st Ave, Botts Ave, Downtown, Barron Road, Prospect Ridge, and Gibbs Street. Weirdest Finds noted by volunteers included a bumper, undies, 45 gun shell casings (4), and used blankets and clothing. Two teams noted how disturbing it was to find the massive amounts of beer and liquor bottles.
What teams enjoyed the most – community service, working as a team with coworkers, fellowship with young and community, having a young girl come up and thank them and gave them a hug, making a difference in the community, talking to the shop owners and how happy they were we were cleaning up. The winner of the $100 TB&T Visa gift card was Bri Lancaster with the Troy Women’s Basketball Team!!!
Every year as part of the Great American Cleanup, Keep Martin Beautiful in Martin County, FL works with local non-profit, Habitat Angel to revitalize one neighborhood during “Extreme Martin Makeover.” This year we conquered Port Salerno’s New Monrovia Neighborhood. Not only were we able to remove 2400 lbs. of debris, but we also gave facelifts to 22 homes by repainting and adding landscaping. One house was even given a new, much needed roof from our friends at Capps Roofing. As part of the event the homes were prepped prior to the makeover. Weeks in advance volunteers spent time removing any rotten sliding, priming, and pressure washing the homes. Over 300 volunteers came out to help our community and keep Martin County beautiful! We couldn’t have made it such a successful day without all the help!
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!
Cargill Meat Solutions and Keep Dodge City Beautiful organized the annual Arkansas Riverbed Cleanup in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup. The dry riverbed runs through the heart of Dodge City and accumulates trash through wind. On April 26th, approximately ninety volunteers joined the effort to pickup 1500 lbs of trash. This is an important event as it is important to keep waterways free of trash.