KAB board slates future initiatives
by CHRISTY ARMSTRONG, Banner Staff Writer
Apr 26, 2013 | 740 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The board of Cleveland/Bradley Keep America Beautiful recapped the organization’s most recent events and made plans for future ones at its monthly meeting Wednesday.

Aside from pancake breakfast fundraisers, one of them was an April 22 Earth Day event where 52 volunteers gathered to help clean up garbage along the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. The group collected 32 bags of trash, five tires, a plastic trash can and debris like metal poles and wooden boards.

On Earth Day, KAB volunteers also set up a booth at Merck during an event the company was having for employees. Maskew said members of the organization may look into seeing if they can share what they do with employees at other local companies.

The group also participated in the “It’s All About The Green” event at Cleveland State Community College, which board members said saw a lower attendance than last year. “I thought attendance was low,” said KAB executive director Joanne Maskew, adding that the booth was well-received by those who did attend.

Mount Olive Church of God received the chapter’s most recent Business Beautification Award, and the board made plans to award the next one to Gobble Automotive in May.

It is a monthly award that recognizes a local business’ commitment to maintaining clean property and landscaping. KAB President Shari Horton said how clean a business keeps the area around its garbage and recycling bins plays as much of a part in the decision as the amount of flowers decorating the yard.

“People think we vote on this just for landscaping, and that’s not true,” Horton said.

Winners of the award are nominated by the organization’s board members.

The board also made plans for two cleanup projects on May 11. One will take place at Charleston Park in Charleston, and the other will take place on Craigmiles Street in Cleveland.

Maskew said the group had also seen “positive results” from its education programs in local public schools. This school year’s programs have included activities like planting zinnias, and some 600 students have been scheduled to take part in KAB-hosted activities in May before schools go on break for the summer.

The group recently held an essay contest for students and will present the winners at the Cleveland City School Board’s May 6 meeting.

Pancakes and yard sales dominated much of the group’s remaining discussion as they made plans for upcoming event to raise money for their education programs. The times and dates of those events will depend on where the group decides to hold them.

For more information about the local KAB chapter, visit http://www.clevelandbradleykab.com or call 559-9789.