VEC awards KAB grant for educational programs
by By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG Banner Staff Writer
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The board of Cleveland/Bradley Keep America Beautiful has recently been notified it will receive a grant to assist the organization with its educational programs in local schools in August.

Volunteer Energy Cooperative awarded the organization with the $500 grant.

Each school year, KAB volunteers travel from school to school, teaching students about things like recycling. Last semester, students were able to take part in activities like planting zinnia flowers alongside those lessons.

What will be included in this coming year’s visits will be determined after the organization’s Education Committee meets in August after returning from a summertime break.

“That should help us get things started,” said KAB executive director Joanne Maskew.

Maskew also shared that some 40 volunteers had helped clean up the city of Charleston as part of the “Treasure and Trash” event that had taken place since the last board meeting.

She said volunteers had gathered four pickup truck loads of debris from public areas and that some of the town’s officials, including the mayor, had donned gloves to help keep Charleston clean.

“Charleston is overall a very clean community,” Maskew said. “They do a good job.” 

In addition to discussing club-related things like gaining 12 new members from a recent membership drive, the board spoke about the organization’s upcoming events.

In August, United Community Bank will become the latest recipient of the “Business Beautification Award” for businesses at least a year old that have made efforts to keep their properties clean and aesthetically pleasing.

KAB’s Business and Industry Committee has recently been working to determine who will receive the organizations next “White Glove” and “Business of the Year” awards. Maskew said they will continue to discuss nominations for them.

The organization will also host a yard sale fundraiser on Sept. 21 at the American Uniform building on Parker Street, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will also host its annual breakfast meeting on Sept. 27 at 7:30 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce.

The second Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day of the year has been scheduled for Oct. 26 at the Tri-State Exhibition Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. More details about the types of waste Bradley County residents can dispose of at the event for free will be available closer to the event date.

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