Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, Oklahoma City, OK

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!

Beyond the Classroom, St. Mary’s School, Edmond, OK

Students from St. Mary School’s before- and after-school program — Beyond the Classroom — explore and learn outside in the natural prairie grounds at every chance.

Located at the end of the cross timbers, the children have cleared trash and rubbish, completed litter pick-ups on the school grounds, recycled paper, added more nest boxes to the bluebird trail, added two stone classroom-seating areas, planted gardens, and built forts by clearing undergrowth of Eastern Red Cedars.

Trimming the branches, cutting invasive pears, and planting the gardens was a breeze with a grant provided by Troy-Bilt. Oklahoma Master Naturalists conducted a tool-safety and tree-pruning workshop for the kids and guided their use, as the tools were used to keep Oklahoma (and America) beautiful!

Keep America Beautiful at Troy-Bilt Showcase event in Brooklyn, NY

On Friday, June 14, Troy-Bilt made a very generous product donation to Keep New York City Beautiful Coalition members including New York Restoration Project, Citizens Committee for NYC, and Grow NYC, and the Powell Street Community Garden. The donation of machinery will help the community garden and volunteers tremendously. Troy-Bilt, a 2013 Great American Cleanup National Sponsor, has donated machinery to over 110 organizations during this year’s Great American Cleanup, making an incredible impact on communities across the nation. In addition to 2013, Troy-Bilt has made generous donations of lawn and garden equipment to our affiliates nationwide for 15 years, and has enabled our local organizations to create cleaner, greener, more beautiful and vibrant places in which to live, work, garden and play.

We would like to thank all the organizations in attendance, including Troy-Bilt, Keep New York City Beautiful, New York City Department of Sanitation, New York Restoration Project, Citizens Committee for NYC, and Grow NYC.

Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful of Rome, Rome, NY

Great American Cleanup National Sponsor Troy-Bilt has announced that Keep Mohawk Beautiful of Rome is the winner of Taking Root! The Keep America Beautiful affiliate will receive $10,000 in grant funding and $2,000 in Troy-Bilt products to complete the Grow Rome project. Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful of Rome plans to create new community gardens throughout Rome, N.Y. It targets youth, low income and at-risk citizens and encourages them to grow and harvest their own food.

In addition, each of the five Keep America Beautiful finalist organizations (Keep Carbondale Beautiful in Carbondale, Ill.; Keep Hammond Beautiful in Hammond, La.; Keep Indianapolis Beautiful; Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful in West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Shreveport Green in Shreveport, La.) will be awarded $3,000 to help complete a local gardening projects this year.