Keep Haltom City Beautiful Earns Recognition at 2015 Keep America Beautiful National Conference
Keep Haltom City Beautiful received a Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Affiliate Award at the annual KAB National Awards Dinner, held during the recent 2015 KAB National Conference in Washington, D.C.
Keep Haltom City Beautiful (KHCB) was honored for distinguishing itself as an exemplary affiliate organization in the 50,000 or less population category. Taking first place in the category, KHCB was honored for its outstanding community improvement programs.
The KAB Affiliate Awards were open to all affiliates for program activities during the 12-month period from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014 that help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. Established in 1953, KAB consists of a national network of more than 600 community-based affiliates whose programs, initiatives and efforts aim to transform public spaces into beautiful places.
“It’s my privilege to honor Keep Haltom City Beautiful and celebrate its dedication in engaging volunteers to make its community vibrant,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Award-winning affiliates, such as Keep Haltom City Beautiful, serve as a great inspiration in our national effort to keep America beautiful.”
KHCB took first place in its population category for its implementation of multiple community improvement programs including:
· Demonstration Garden: Using a grant from Lowe’s, the west side of the city’s Northeast Center was transformed into a demonstration garden using Texas-friendly perennials.
· Enviro-Camp: Coordinated in partnership with three other Birdville Independent School District Communities, this day camp gives 3rd – 5th graders a hands-on, outdoor experience.
· Recycles Day Flea Market: This annual event gives residents a chance to turn their already-used items into treasure at the largest garage sale in Tarrant County while also providing electronic, paper and household goods recycling opportunities.
“We are so proud to have earned this national honor,” Fran Burns, KHCB Coordinator, said. “Our volunteer members have set a new standard for involving Haltom City residents and for changing local attitudes with regard to environmental responsibility.”
Keep America Beautiful’ s National Conference, KAB’s premier educational and networking event, brings together KAB’s national network of state and local affiliate directors, business leaders, policymakers and other national experts who focus on framing new ideas and strategies to build and sustain vibrant communities.