“This is really a unique year because we had two volunteers of the year,” Cleveland/Bradley Keep America Beautiful executive director Joanne Maskew said.
KAB recognized those committed to environmental education and stewardship during their annual memberhip meeting.
Judy Elliott and Joyce Johnson were recognized as volunteers of the year for their efforts with the organization.
Each year the award is presented to an “individual or individuals who is willing to give unselfishly to promote a positive change toward environmental issues,” according to Maskew.
“If anybody can play in the dirt, let me tell you Judy is awesome with these kids playing in the dirt. We could not have done our planting session without her,” Maskew said.
Maskew said this is not the first time Johnson has received this award.
“Joyce, you will see at all our events. I don’t know how she participates like she does, but she does a fantastic job,” Maskew said.
Educators Lou Ann Carey of Bradley Central High School, Jeannie Cuervo of Cleveland High School, Sarai Burgos of Oak Grove Elementary School, Alan Gentry of Cleveland State Community College and Debbie Millard of Coca-Cola Refreshment Recycling Program, were recognized for the way they promote “a cleaner, healthier campus and improving recycling efforts.”
The Coca-Cola recyling program allows schools to earn plant or copy paper through recycling, Millard said.
Businesses also participate and partner to provide additional points to the schools through thei recycling progras, She said.
Cleveland Utilities was recognized as the business of the year.
“Cleveland Utilities is also one of the few utilities nationwide that is recognized as a Tree Line Utility USA by the Arbor Day Foundation,” Maskew said.
During the meeting, Maskew thanked the local governments for supporting the program.
She also gave a report of the projects completed in the past year. Volunteer hours saved taxpayers $973,700, according to Maskew. The more than 8,014 volunteers who partnered with KAB participated in more than 70 projects in the past year.
Cleveland and Bradley County can call the litter hotline 559-3307 to report litter violators.