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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, Direcotr 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


 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.



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KMB Fall City Wide Clean Up

On September 19, 2015 we had our simi-annual citywide clean-up. 456 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, Fountainbleu High, Lakeshore High, Hannan, Christ Episcopal, Tchefuncte Middle, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Kwanis Clubs, Knights of Columbus, Church groups, corporate groups, families and indiviuals.

Our volunteers collected 110 bags of trash from our city! The most collected items were food wrappers, bottle caps, and cigarette butts. Cigarette 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.

We would like to thank all of our volunteers! We look forward to our next city wide clean up in April 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 the second contest for 4th - 12th grade students.  The winners were presented with trophies, certificates or gift cards by Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere at the April 10th Mandeville City Council meeting.  The winner of the Litter Monster banner contest was Jordyn Arabie and her artwork is displayed on a banner on East, West and North Causeway Approaches. Over 500 entries were received from the following schools: Woodlake Elementary, Mandeville Elementary, Magnolia Trace, Marigny Elementary, Our Lady of the Lake, Cedarwood, Pontchartrain Elementary, Monteleone Jr. High, TAP, Lake Harbor Middle, Mandeville Middle, and Henry Mayfield.

Winners of the anti-litter poster contest with Mayor Villere
Winners of the anti-litter poster contest with Mayor Villere

Litter Monster Banner Contest for grades 4th - 12th
Jordyn Arabie - 1st place, Loriann Dauscher - 2nd place, and Emma Elbert - 3rd place.  The other top citywide winners include; Grace Bergeron, Jewel Richey, Cassie Tveit, Caroline Morere, Elliot Collier, Emile Durio, Kelly Shirer, Sara Pertuit and Catelyn Jernigan.

Anti-Litter Poster Contest for grades K - 3rd
K winners: 1st place - Jasmaan Banipal, 2nd place - Tate Wegener, 3rd place - Claire Cancienne.

First Grade: 1st place - Aiden Blackwell, 2nd place - Hannah Bradley, 3rd place - Isabelle Wolke.

Second Grade: 1st place -Izzy Harrell, 2nd place - Elizabeth Fonseca, 3rd place - Mia Lacombe, Honorable Mention - Drew South.

Third Grade:1st place - Ellie Arnold, 2nd place Benjamin Gutowski, 3rd place - Ana Lyons.

Litter Monster Banner Contest for grades 4th - 12th
KMB Director, Susan Russell, litter monster banner winner Jordyn Arabie
holding her winning banner with Mayor Villere.

86 bags of trash collected at the Great American Cleanup on April 12th.

On Saturday, April 12th Keep Mandeville Beautiful and the City of Mandeville hosted the Great American Cleanup (GAC).  Over 240 local volunteers registered for the event which was held throughout Mandeville.  School groups, civic groups, businesses and families picked up 86 bags of trash from 25 roadways in Mandeville.  In addition, volunteer groups weeded and mulched gardens on Hwy. 190, at Sunset Point and at the butterfly garden at City Hall.  Volunteers returned back to the lakefront for free drinks, popcorn and jambalaya.

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.

A volunteer family weeds and mulchs the butterfly garden at City Hall on April 12th.
KMB board members show there support.
(l to r) Larry Toner, Peg Usner, Becki Martin, Carla Buchholz,
Glenn Craddock and Kathleen Wiseman

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.



KMB recognized nationally for its efforts in litter prevention.

KMB is thrilled to announce that it has been selected to receive its first national award.  On February, 6h, Jennifer M. Jehn, President and CEO of Keep America Beautiful, will present 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 partneers 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.

Other awards:

  • 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.
  • January 2012,  Louisiana Affiliate of the Month.
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