Keep Mandeville Beautiful is an organization focused on changing the attitudes and behaviors of people through educational programs and activities aimed at reducing litter, increasing recycling, beautification, and heightening environmental awareness.
The Keep Mandeville Beautiful programs and activities are designed to improve the physical appearance of Mandeville and to bolster an overall sense of pride in the community. Keep Mandeville Beautiful brings together all segments of the community including individuals, groups, businesses and the local government to facilitate an effective effort for a cleaner more beautiful community.
Puppets with Purpose Volunteers Honored For Their Service To KMB
At a recent Mandeville City Council meeting, volunteer puppeteers for the Puppets with Purpose program were presented the Louisiana Volunteer Service Award from the Office of Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne. The award is given to those citizens who have contributed at least 100 hours of service to their community.
KMB Board Chair, Carla Buchholz, Mayor Donald Villere and Nicholas Auck, Director of Volunteer Outreach for the State of Louisiana presented the award and pins. Recieving recognition for their service were; Leslie McGoey, Becki Martin, Sandra Slifer, Peggie May, Linda Hawkins, Mary Alice Peters, Helen Adams and Sally Rees.
Puppets with Purpose, is a series of two environmental puppet shows with original scripts, props and songs. Preschool and elementary school students follow colorful characters such as Sir Razzle Dazzle, Lily and Greenie on adventures learning why litter is not only ugly but harmful to wildlife and can pollute the water. They also learn that when we recycle we save energy and beautiful trees. This past year, over 2,920 children and adults saw the puppet shows which travels to local schools. To book a puppet show email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLLEGE STUDENTS BEAUTIFY HEAVENS DRIVE IN MANDEVILLE
Keep Mandeville Beautiful and 40 students from North Dakota State University teamed up on Wednesday, March 19th for a day of planting and beautification on Heavens Drive in Mandeville. Funded by a Keep America Beautiful and UPS grant, the project focused on the entry point medians of one of Mandeville’s main roadways.
Students from North Dakota State University traveled to Mandeville on Tuesday, March 18th on their way to their final destination, Houston. The students spent their spring break helping various communities instead of heading to the beach. Work began the following day, March 19th at 8am and continued until about 12 noon. During this time trees, shrubs and a variety of plants were planted in the first two medians where Heavens Drive meets Hwy. 22. KMB board members, Mary Begue, Glenn Craddock and Peg Usner, city employee, Maggie Trenary and the Public Works Department were instrumental in designing the garden, selecting the plants and preparing the site for planting.
“This project is a true collaborative between the City of Mandeville, Keep Mandeville Beautiful, North Dakota State University and UPS. Everyone brought something to the table in an effort to improve the appearance of Mandeville. It shows what can be accomplished when the private and public sectors work together,” states Susan Russell, Director of Keep Mandeville Beautiful.
KMB Spring City Wide Clean Up
On April 16th, 2016 we had our semi-annual citywide clean-up. 150 volunteers came out to help clean up
our streets and parks, as well as, plant, weed and mulch 2 community gardens.
Volunteers came from Mandeville High, Fountainbleau High, Lakeshore High, Boy Scouts, Kwanis Clubs,
Knights of Columbus, Church groups, corporate groups, families and individuals.
Our volunteers collected 110 bags of trash from our city! The most collected items were food paper
items and cigarette butts. About 2,715 cigarette butts were collected! Butts are the most common
source of litter in Mandeville. We need to remember that this is litter too
and Keep Your Butts In Your Pants. Call 985-624-3165 for a free pocket ashtray.
We would like to thank all of our volunteers! We look forward to our next city
wide clean up in September of 2016!
In an effort to educate school-aged students on the importance of not littering,
Keep Mandeville Beautiful conducts two art contest each year: one for
students in kindergarten to 3rd grade and a second contest for 4th - 6th grade
students. The winners were presented with trophies, certificates or gift cards
by Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere at the March 24th Mandeville City Council
meeting. The winner of the Litter Monster banner contest was Anthony Bosco
and his artwork is displayed on banners located on East, West and North
Causeway Approaches. Over 300 entries were received from the
following schools: Woodlake Elementary, Mandeville Elementary,
Marigny Elementary, Mary Queen of Peace, Cedarwood,
Pontchartrain Elementary, Lake Harbor Middle, Mandeville Middle
and Tchfuncte Middle.
Litter Monster Banner Contest for grades 4th - 6th
Anthony Bosco - 1st place, Ally Matamoros - 2nd place, Ava Aguilar - 3rd place and Cadence Renfro - honorable mention. Other top citywide winners include: Gage Graham, Rebecca Scafidel, Emma Rainey, Lydia Glauser, Jeanne Marie Desmond, Bailey Hunt, Anna Langford, Remy Marsh, Maggie Stokes, Brianna Johnson, Grace Hawkins.
Anti-Litter Poster Contest for grades K - 3rd K winners: 1st place - Samuel Valenti, 2nd place - Madelyn Bennett, 3rd place - Arrolyn Plonka.
First Grade: 1st place - Kate Talbot, 2nd place -Jack Trainor, 3rd place - Caleb Hudson.
Second Grade: 1st place - Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, 2nd place -Claire Canaenne, 3rd place - Mia Trahan.
Third Grade: 1st place - Hannah Bradley, 2nd place - Mischa Crider, 3rd place - Abrianna Swindell.
92 bags of trash collected at the Great American Cleanup on April 16th.
On Saturday, April 16th Keep Mandeville Beautiful and the City of Mandeville hosted the Great American Cleanup (GAC). Over 150 local volunteers registered for the event which was held throughout Mandeville. School groups, civic groups, businesses and families picked up 92 bags of trash from 23 roadways in Mandeville. In addition, volunteer groups weeded and mulched gardens on Hwy. 22 and at the butterfly garden at City Hall. Volunteers returned their supplies to the lakefront and were rewardedd with fresh apples & bananas and snack bars donated by WHOLE FOODS and yummy donuts donated by MANDEVILLE BAKE SHOP.
The Great American Cleanup is a nationwide Keep America Beautiful signature event held from March to May each year. In 2013, more than 4.5 million Great American Cleanup volunteers worked a collective 8.1 million hours to return nearly $175 million in measurable benefits in 21,000 communities across the country.
Great American Cleanup events transform public spaces into beautiful places through its volunteers’ actions to beautify parks, trails and recreation areas, clean shorelines and waterways, host recycling collections, pick up litter and debris, plant trees and flowers, build community gardens and conduct educational programs to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.
The GAC volunteers produced exceptional results in 2013, including collecting 40 million pounds of litter and debris; cleaning or beautifying 3,000 miles of biking, hiking and nature trails; as well as cleaning and restoring 81,000 acres of parks and public lands, and cleaning or restoring 3,300 community recreation areas.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE NEXT CITYWIDE CLEANUP IN SEPTEMBER TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON.
KMB recognized nationally for its efforts in litter prevention.
KMB was thrilled to receive its first national award. In February, Jennifer M. Jehn, President and CEO of Keep America Beautiful, presented KMB with the Most Innovative Local Affiliate Award for its efforts in Litter Prevention.
Each year at the Keep America Beautiful National Conference, awards are presentd which recognize and celebrate the work of affiliates, volunteers and partners for their commitment to delivering a more beautiful and vibrant community.
KMB is the only affiliate in Louisiana to receive this award and one of only three nationally,. "I'm very proud of our Keep Mandeville Beautiful Director, the KMB Board and our team of volunteers who have all contributed to this honor, particularly our partnership with Mandeville High, Fontainebleau High and Lakeshore High school teachers and students, without whom this would not have been possible. By educating and continuing to keep these programs on the forefront of the minds of our children and our citizens, Mandeville continues to be a great place to live, shop, dine and play," said Mandeville Mayor Don Villere.
The award honors affiliates that have created new and innovative programs and partnerships that further the mission of Keep America Beautiful. One winner is chosen for each focus area: Beautification, Recycling and Litter Prevention. Keep Mandeville Beautiful received the Litter Prevention Award, Keep Tampa Beautiful received the Beautification Award and Keep Huntsville Beautiful received the Recycling Award.
August 2013 - Most Innovative Program in the State presented by Keep Louisiana Beautiful.
January 2013 -Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in building and sustaining vibrant communities.
March 2013 - Nestle GAC Cleanup PET Recycling Award.
September 2012 - 2012 KLB Affiliate of the Year Award.