Statewide community cleanup campaign continues; 54 counties signed on

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in News

Part of national Great American Cleanup, Arkansas effort challenges communities to #MakeArkansasGreen LITTLE ROCK (April 17, 2018) – More than 100 events in 54 counties statewide have been scheduled so far this spring as part of the local Great American Cleanup® in Arkansas. The cleanup campaign will continue through May, giving volunteers plenty of opportunities to get out there and spruce up their communities. “Saturdays in March and April have been quite busy around Arkansas with so many cleanup events scheduled,” said Liz Philpott, KAB’s volunteer program manager and statewide cleanup coordinator. “For those intrepid Arkansans who want to get out there to pick up and spruce up, there are still 56 events scheduled in April and into May – and more getting registered. As Arkansans, we all have a part to play in keeping our beautiful Natural State clean and litter-free. Come one, come all!” As part of the annual Great American Cleanup, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) is helping volunteers in every county organize and promote local cleanup and beautification events that will #MakeArkansasGreen. The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas – and the #MakeArkansasGreen challenge – is a call-to-action to volunteers to register at least one cleanup event in each of the state’s 75 counties this spring. Cleanup events should focus on enhancing a community’s public spaces – such as roadsides, waterways, parks and neighborhoods – by picking up litter and debris, planting flowers, removing bulky waste, recycling materials and improving overall appearance. “I hope counties that haven’t signed on yet will come on board,” said Philpott. “There’s plenty of time to organize a litter-pickup event – big or small – and KAB is here to help with advice and supplies.” Twenty-one counties do not yet have a registered cleanup with KAB: ·         Ashley ·         Baxter ·         Boone ·         Clark ·         Clay ·         Cleburne ·         Desha ·         Grant ·         Hempstead ·         Howard ·         Lawrence ·         Madison ·         Monroe ·         Perry ·         Pike ·         Polk ·         Ouachita ·         Randolph ·         Searcy ·         Stone ·         Van Buren   During the 2017 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, events were registered from 52 counties. KAB began posting to its social media platforms earlier this month a #MakeArkansasGreen map of the counties where a cleanup is registered. Arkansans can follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to track the #MakeArkansasGreen campaign’s success. Communities and groups are invited to sign up to organize a local cleanup at http://bit.ly/2018GAC. KAB will provide local events with trash bags, T-shirts and other supplies, as long as those supplies last. Volunteers can find local cleanups on the calendar of events at KeepArkansasBeautiful.com. The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas runs through May. And, Arkansans are invited to the Thea Foundation Gallery in downtown North Little Rock to view a special exhibit of artwork by elementary students who have been named winners and honorable mentions in the statewide Great...

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Winners announced in statewide youth art competition about litter

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in News

Annual poster contest promotes clean communities during Great American Cleanup in Arkansas LITTLE ROCK (April 2, 2018) – The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) has chosen six winners and named 12 as honorable mentions in the 2018 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas Youth Poster Contest for elementary students: Grades K-2 Division        First Place – Evelyn Brown, a second-grader at eStem Elementary School (Pulaski County) Second Place – Ella Curry, a second-grader at eStem Elementary School Third Place – Avery Howard, a first-grader at Southside Elementary School (Lonoke County) Honorable Mention – Madyson Blackman, a kindergartener at eStem Elementary School Honorable Mention – Brenton Dockett, a kindergartener at eStem Elementary School Honorable Mention – Sabrina Feliciano, a first-grader at Amboy Elementary School (Pulaski County) Honorable Mention – Adrian Morales, a second-grader at Amboy Elementary School Honorable Mention – Brayden Owen, a first-grader at Amboy Elementary School Honorable Mention – Kilan Partain, a kindergartner at Harrisburg Elementary School (Poinsett County)  Grades 3-5 Division First Place – Nicole Roush, a fifth-grade homeschooled student (Craighead County) Second Place – Gabi Cotroneo, a fourth-grader at Northside Elementary School (Lonoke County) Third Place – Sophia DellaCroce, a fifth-grader at McNair Middle School (Washington County) Honorable Mention – Lilli Dowda, a fourth-grader at Northside Elementary School Honorable Mention – Alexander Garcia, a third-grader at Lavaca Elementary School (Sebastian County) Honorable Mention – Tempest Patel, a fifth-grader at Cato Elementary School (Pulaski County) Honorable Mention – Maddox Stone, a fourth-grader at Edward D. Trice Elementary School (Miller County) Honorable Mention – Joslyn Thomas, a fourth-grader at Lamar Middle School (Johnson County) Honorable Mention – Miles Valentin, a third-grader at eStem Elementary School “Every year, we are so inspired and impressed with the creativity of this art and the understanding that these students already have of the harmful effects of litter on their communities and our state,” said Liz Philpott, KAB volunteer program manager and coordinator of the annual art contest. “We should all be taught a lesson by these students’ works and carry forward their ideals for a cleaner, litter-free Arkansas.” This year’s contest attracted 206 entries from 32 schools and homeschools in 21 Arkansas counties; the contest was open to all elementary-aged students statewide. All 18 winning and honorable-mention posters will be displayed April 16-27 at the Thea Foundation Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown North Little Rock, and can be seen on KAB’s Facebook page at http://bit.ly/18YPC. The winners will be recognized in their local communities by Great American Cleanup in Arkansas and KAB representatives throughout the spring. The youth poster contest is part of the annual Great American Cleanup in Arkansas. The Great American Cleanup is a national campaign of Keep America Beautiful when communities focus on local beautification efforts in advance of the busy tourism season. The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas is promoted and organized by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and a division of...

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Keep Arkansas Beautiful challenges all counties to #MakeArkansasGreen this spring

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in News

Aligned with national Great American Cleanup, campaign encourages local cleanups statewide LITTLE ROCK (Feb. 16, 2018) – As part of the annual Keep America Beautiful™ Great American Cleanup®, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) is helping volunteers in every county organize and promote local cleanup and beautification events that will #MakeArkansasGreen. The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas – and the #MakeArkansasGreen challenge – is a call-to-action to volunteers to organize at least one cleanup event in each of the state’s 75 counties during March, April and May. Cleanup events should focus on enhancing a community’s public spaces – such as roadsides, waterways, parks and neighborhoods – by picking up litter and debris, planting flowers, removing bulky waste, recycling materials and improving overall appearance. “Littering is illegal in Arkansas, and it is ugly and unhealthy. We want Arkansans to no longer tolerate littered places,” said Liz Philpott, KAB’s volunteer program manager and statewide cleanup coordinator. “KAB is committed to fostering behavior change and new attitudes to make littering socially unacceptable. We advance change through volunteer activities and educational outreach about the negative impacts on a community that isn’t litter-free. The #MakeArkansasGreen challenge during the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas is a key initiative to engage and inspire Arkansans toward better habits.” Each week beginning in April, KAB will post to its social media platforms a #MakeArkansasGreen map of the counties where a cleanup is registered. Arkansans can follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to track the #MakeArkansasGreen campaign’s success. During the 2017 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, volunteers registered events in 52 counties. Communities and groups are invited to sign up to organize a local cleanup at http://bit.ly/2018GAC. KAB will provide local events with trash bags, T-shirts and other supplies, as long as those supplies last. Volunteers can find local cleanups on the calendar of events at KeepArkansasBeautiful.com. The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas runs March through May. 2018 marks the 20th year of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup; last year alone, volunteers picked up nearly 186 million pounds of litter and debris in communities across the country. During last year’s Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, 6,153 volunteers picked up nearly 135,000 pounds of litter and collected 6.9 million pounds of bulky waste from 725 miles of roadside and 156 miles of waterway. Volunteers also cleaned up 10,000+ acres of parks and public areas and recycled nearly 300,000 pounds of...

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Youth Poster Contest Deadline Approaches

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in News

Keep Arkansas Beautiful still accepting entries for statewide student poster contest Part of Great American Cleanup effort, poster entries are due March 1 LITTLE ROCK (Feb. 12, 2018) – The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) is still accepting entries in its statewide student poster contest. KAB invites students in kindergarten through fifth grades to put their creativity on paper and enter this year’s Keep Arkansas Beautiful Great American Cleanup® Youth Poster Contest. Entry deadline is Thursday, March 1. “The entries we’ve already received have been fantastic,” said Liz Philpott, volunteer program manager at KAB and statewide coordinator of the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas. “Each year, the posters get better and better, and I can’t wait to see the others yet to come. Our youth are especially important in making and keeping Arkansas beautiful. Don’t miss the March 1 deadline!” The contest is open to all elementary-aged students in Arkansas. Scouts, 4-H club members and home-schooled students are also encouraged to enter. One poster per class or group should be submitted for statewide judging. Entries will be accepted in two divisions: Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5. Posters must be no larger than 8 ½” x 11″ and can be submitted on any sort of paper medium, including copier paper, construction paper and poster board. Prizes will be awarded to the Top 3 posters in each division. KAB and Great American Cleanup in Arkansas representatives will recognize winners in their local communities during March and April. Winning posters and honorable mentions will be displayed April 16-27 at the Thea Foundation Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown North Little Rock, as well as on KAB’s Facebook page. Entries are due Thursday, March 1, by mail or delivery to Keep Arkansas Beautiful, 1 Capitol Mall, Suite 4A-007, Little Rock, AR 72201. Additional information about the contest is available at KeepArkansasBeautiful.com, by emailing info@keeparkansasbeautiful.com or by calling 888-742-8701 toll-free. The Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, organized and promoted statewide by KAB, is an annual spring cleanup event when communities focus on local beautification efforts in advance of Arkansas’s busy tourism season. Communities and groups are invited to sign up to organize a local cleanup at http://bit.ly/2018GAC. Volunteers can find local cleanups on the calendar of events at KeepArkansasBeautiful.com. The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas runs March through May. About Keep Arkansas Beautiful The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), consisting of a professional staff of three and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor, is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., KAB inspires and educates individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is funded through a 1-percent portion of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax. For more information, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest About Keep America Beautiful Inc. Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires...

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Elrod, Rogers re-elected to lead Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission in 2018

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in News

LITTLE ROCK (Feb. 1, 2018) – Dr. Mark A. Elrod of Conway (Faulkner County) and Mary Joe Rogers of Stamps (Lafayette County) have been re-elected as officers of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission for 2018. Elrod will serve as chairman, and Rogers will serve as vice chairwoman, each for a one-year term. Both were initially appointed to the commission in 2014; Elrod represents the state’s Second Congressional District; Rogers, the Fourth Congressional District. Other Keep Arkansas Beautiful commissioners include Laurie Blackwell Black of Lake Village (Chicot County), Brooks Coatney of Fayetteville (Washington County), Brenda Fendley of Marshall (Searcy County), The Rev. Dr. Thurston B. Lamb of North Little Rock (Pulaski County), Jane Phillips-Jolly of Hot Springs (Garland County) and Mayor Mark Simpson of Clarksville (Johnson County). About Keep Arkansas Beautiful The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), consisting of a professional program staff of three and a nine-member, governor-appointed advisory board, is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., it works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB’s operations and programs are funded through its 1-percent portion of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax. For more information, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and...

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