Keep Luna County Beautiful received a $5,000 grant from Lowe’s /KAB Community Improvement Grant. With the grant, Keep Luna County Beautiful was able to start an Outdoor Classroom in the community. The students were able to enjoy learning how to plant and care for a garden. Many of the students attended our cooking classes where they could learn how to use the produce they grew in very tasty meals. The students learned life skills that they could take back home and teach to their families. This has a major impact to our community due to our area being close to the border and many families have difficulty paying for fresh produce to feed their families. Thank you to Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful for the opportunity to start this project in our community.
Keep Big Spring Beautiful worked with nearly 200 Big Spring Junior High students to clean up Birdwell Park, located directly behind their school.
In addition to collecting 2,060 pounds of trash and debris, students came across a lost dog during the cleanup. The dog was brought to Big Spring Animal Control.
Student chose to adopt the park as their project for their Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program. The life-skills program is offered to all seventh graders and taught by a local police officer.
Keep Big Spring Beautiful provided trash bags and gloves for students, and the City of Big Spring donated mosquito-repelling wristbands for the project, which was covered by the local newspaper.
“We hope that it inspires others to take the same pride with the community,” said Teresa Darden of Keep Big Spring Beautiful.
Not only is the park cleaner thanks to the students, but it will also become a safer place, as city officials will use the cleanup as a springboard to clear out more brush, reducing the concealed areas within the park.
For the 2013 Great American Cleanup, Keep Schuyler Beautiful promoted a PET Recycling Contest for students of Schuyler Community Schools during the month of April. Students recycled a record number of 77,961 #1 plastic containers! Pictured are students recycling their PET at the Colfax County Recycling Facility.
The Youth Tree Team program at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful is wrapping up for the summer. High school students from around the city worked to mulch, water and maintain more than 5,000 trees each week. The students carry 2 buckets of water ( 80lbs! ) to each tree once a week. It’s a lot of hard work, but there is also a lot of fun to be had.
During the summer, the high school students work three days a week, then on Thursdays they participate in enrichment activities. Activities this year included rafting on the White River, creating art out of nature at the Indianapolis Art Center and learning how to follow a compass during an orienteering lesson.
The teens also took an overnight wilderness trip in the woods where they hiked, participate in leadership and team building activities and learn how to identify trees.
This year, 61 high school students and 16 adult leaders participated in the program, but the work doesn’t stop with the end of the summer! During the fall and early winter, the students return on weekends to help water, mulch and plant trees around Indianapolis.
On Saturday, April 27, over 3,000 Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful (KTBB) volunteers participated in Great American Cleanup activities at 84 different sites throughout the community. While there were numerous projects taking place, most volunteers focused on litter abatement.
During the event, volunteers contributed to Keep America Beautiful’s 2013 Vibrant Communities Impact Goals by collecting 65,000 pounds of trash, cleaning up more than 25 illegal dump sites and removing almost 100 littered scrap tires. They also planted 250 flowers and 940 trees. Together, the volunteers restored more than 400 acres of parks, 100 miles of roads and 50 miles of shorelines throughout Hillsborough County.
Patricia DePlasco, KTBB’s community education liaison, said this year was most meaningful because there were so many different people engaged at such a wide array of sites. She explained that because of this, “We were able to interact with volunteers and explain to them why what they were doing is so important.”
As part of KTBB’s “Keep Our Schools Beautiful” program, high school students were encouraged to mentor, partner, and assist others with their community improvement efforts. For example, Jesuit High School students partnered with individuals with disabilities during the Great American Cleanup beautification project.
“The students took their cleanup responsibilities very seriously at the ‘Down and Dirty at Lowry Park’ site,” DePlasco said. “They’re determined to keep the Hillsborough River clean – even by climbing into the vegetation to pick up debris.”
On Earth Day, seven Keep America Beautiful employees volunteered at Julia A. Stark Elementary School in Stamford, CT, as part of the Great American Cleanup. KAB volunteers joined students, staff and parents to help landscape an outdoor classroom and outdoor learning environment. Volunteers participated in a number of activities including clearing a walking path, planting hostas and removing invasive Japanese Knotweeds. Once the outdoor classroom is complete, the students at Stark Elementary will have a place to apply their studies and connect with the environment.