Johnson Foundation awards KAB grant
by By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG Banner Staff Writer
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The George R. Johnson Family Foundation has awarded Cleveland/Bradley Keep America Beautiful a grant to assist with its education programs.

KAB Executive Director Joanne Maskew said in the group’s monthly board meeting Wednesday that the foundation had promised it $2,500, which would be dispersed in gradual installments throughout the school year.

The foundation’s grant joined a $500 grant the group received from the Volunteer Energy Cooperative last month.

“We’re really excited about that,” Maskew said.

As the school year kicks off, the local Keep America Beautiful chapter has begun to make plans for its programs and continues to raise money for them.

This year, programs like essay and art design contests will take place among middle and high school students, and activities like planting aster flowers will be included in activities for younger elementary school students.

Those activities will join others that focus on topics like recycling. The local chapter makes its program available to local classrooms, and teachers can reserve days for volunteers to visit and lead the class in activities and discussions.

As the chapter’s educational programs are funded by donations, the group has been making plans to hold various fundraisers throughout the coming months.

The first will be a yard sale on Sept. 21 at the American Uniform Building on Parker Street from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations of items to be sold are being accepted at the building on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. Any items that are not sold will be donated to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

The board will also be looking into opportunities to get the word out about opportunities to volunteer with the organization, the first being setting up a booth at a volunteer expo event at Cleveland State Community College.

“That’s what it takes,” Maskew said. “You have to get exposure for your program.”

On Oct. 5, any volunteers wishing to will gather at the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway to help pick up litter.

Local residents can also help keep the community “beautiful” by properly disposing of their household wastes. The second Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day of the year has been scheduled for Oct. 26 at the Tri-State Exhibition Center. More details about the free event will be available closer to that date.

The board also discussed who would be the recipient of the Business Beautification Award for the months of August and September. The group recognized United Community Bank for the month of August and the Cleveland/Bradley County Teachers Credit Union for September.

For information, visit or call 559-3307.