KAB looks at environmental projects, plan for future
by CHRISTY ARMSTRONG  Banner Staff Writer
May 29, 2014 | 635 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of Cleveland/Bradley Keep America Beautiful’s executive board recently reflected on the organization’s most recent projects while discussing ways to raise funds for future ones.

Throughout the most recent school year, the organization’s volunteers visited local schools to help children plant flowers and teach them about environmental issues.

Executive Director Joanne Maskew said, between April 24 and May 15, students and volunteers planted “a little over 3,000” flower seeds.

Board President Shari Horton said she received an email with a photo that showed how one little girl’s sunflower had begun to grow. Though she quipped that she was still cleaning the dirt out from under her fingernails, she called the series of school visits a “success.” 

“The kids just love it,” Horton said.

Another project that involved local students was also called successful.

A group of Cleveland High School students under the direction of teacher Jeannie Cuervo recently cleaned up the portion of the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway near Mohawk Drive.

The students gave up their time, wading through the creek at times to collect about 2,200 pounds of debris, Maskew said.

She added that, while volunteers working with KAB had cleaned up along the Greenway before, this was the first time that portion of it had been cleaned, which accounted for the large amount of debris.

“They did an amazing job,” Maskew said.

In addition to the volunteers working with KAB, she said some nearby residents even pitched in to help when they saw people working to improve the Greenway near them.

While students are out of school for the summer, the organization has continued to focus on raising money for educational programs.

The group will host a pancake breakfast at the Applebee’s restaurant on Saturday, June 14, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

There is also a yard sale fundraiser that is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 4. The group has been working to secure a location for it and will be looking for donations of items to sell once the event date gets closer.

The board also announced the latest recipients of its two awards — the monthly Business Beautification Award and the quarterly White Glove Award.

The Business Beautification Award is given monthly to a local business or organization exemplifying a commitment to maintaining the cleanliness and aesthetic beauty of its property.

Hopewell Church of God is set to receive the award for the month of June. May’s recipient was Larry Hill Ford.

The White Glove Award is given quarterly to a local business or organization that is said to have done an extraordinary job of keeping their community clean through things like maintaining their properties well and following responsible environmental practices.

Brown Stove Works is set to receive the next White Glove Award in June. The most recent one was given to United Knitting during KAB’s annual Solid Waste Breakfast in March.

KAB members will give both awards to their recipients in separate ceremonies that will be scheduled at a later date.

For more information about KAB, visit www.clevelandbradleykab.com.