How do you Keep Mobile Beautiful? Let students do their part. Thursday, May 7th, students and their schools were honored during the annual Keep Mobile Beautiful (KMB) Clean Campus Awards Ceremony at the Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds.
Twenty two schools registered with KMB to recycle cell phones. The winner, McDavid Jones, received a $100 gift certificate to Zimlich Florist.
Twenty four schools applied for a Beautification Grant through KMB. Seven Mobile County Public schools were awarded $450.00 beautification grants; Brazier, Castle, McDavid Jones, St.Elmo, Spencer, Wilmer and Woodcock. The grants helped build butterfly gardens, and create beautiful spaces on these campuses.
Schools also took part in KMB'S Aluminum Challenge recycling programs by collecting and redeeming aluminum cans. When the school had receipts totaling at least $300, Keep Mobile Beautiful matched the first $300. This school year was difficult. Aluminum prices crashed and schools found it difficult to meet the challenge. 2 schools met the challenge this year; Austin Elementary and Dauphin Island Elementary.
Goodwill Easter Seals and KMB each year sponsor a clothing drive competition. The competition was divided into 2 categories; Schools with more than 500 students, and schools with fewer than 500 students.
Big School winners:
George Hall 60 Bags of Clothing $400
Dodge 55 Bags of Clothing $200
Alba Middle School 51 Bags of Clothing $200
Wilmer 30 Bags of Clothing $200
Cranford Burns 12 Bags of clothing $200
Burroughs 26 Bags of clothing $200
What about PLASTIC? This was an amazing competition. 16 schools participated. Eight thousand one hundred one pounds of plastic were weighed. This represents approximately 129,616 plastic bottles. All of these plastic bottles were recycled and diverted from the landfill. Once again, the category was divided into large schools and smaller schools. In the large school field there was a close race between the top 3 schools. Each of these schools averaged almost 1 lb of plastic per student.
3rd - Dodge 870 lb. or .87lb. per student $500
2nd Hutchens 921.79 or .90lb. per student $750
1st Collier 927.46 or .95lb. per student $1000
In the small school competition:
Florence Howard was the 2nd place winner collecting 527.65 or almost 1 ½ lbs of plastic per student. The school received $750.
First place and a check for $1,000 went to Dauphin Island School. The entire community of Dauphin Island is recycling, the school has built a special bin for the public to use and with 78 students, they recycled more than 695 lbs of plastic or 8.9 lbs per student.
Another small elementary school managed to bring in 1543 ½ lbs of plastic bottles (or 3.4 pounds per student). Burroughs Elementary also took home the 1st place prize, a check for $1000.
The goal for next year is that every school will participate in the Clean Campus Program in at least 1 litter, recycling or beautification program.
All Clean Campus Schools that attended the Clean Campus celebration received a certificate and a Beauty Buck ($50 gift certificate to Zilch Florist)
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The Clean Campus Program also has an educator who goes into the classroom to teach about the mission of Keep Mobile Beautiful. The 30 -45 min presentation teaches litter prevention, recycling, and your responsibility to make your world a more beautiful place. This program is available for K-4 through high school. Call KMB at 208-6028 or Phyllis at 402-7940