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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 Rolls Out
in a Big Way!

With a $10,000 Waste Managment grant in hand, KMB and the Women of Infinite Possiblities (WIP) set out on an adventure unlike anything they had ever experienced. They created an educational puppet show targeting preschool and elementary school students. The shows focus on recycling, litter and beautification. Puppets with Purpose will travel to local schools free of charge.  The wonderful WIP women served on the steering committee that wrote the script and the songs, created the graphics, and handmade all the props.  In addition, the women serve as the volunteer puppeteers.  A special thanks to Becki Martin, Peggie May, Helen Adams, Peggy Verret, Mary Alice Peters, Ginger Fortson, Leslie McGoey, Sheri Botman, Sandra Slifer and Linda Hawkins. Students from Denise Centola's  Mandeville High School Talented Drama Department provided the voiceovers for the puppets in the recorded audio tape.  Email kmb@cityofmandeville.com to book a show.
  
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KMB kicks off annual art contests to spread anti-litter messages.
Students of all ages encouraged to participate.

In an effort to educate school-aged students on the importance of not littering, Keep Mandeville Beautiful is kicking off two litter contests: one for students in kindergarten to 3rd grade and the second contest for 4th - 12th grade students.  The winners will be presented with trophies, certificates or gift cards by Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere at the April 10th Mandeville City Council meeting.  All entries are due by February 28th.  Winners will be announced on Thursday, March 13th.

Litter Monster Banner Contest for grades 4th - 12th
This contest appeals to students in a fun and funky way while challenging them to use their imagination to turn everyday trash items into litter monsters.  Last year, over 500 students from local schools entered original litter monster drawings.  The winning artwork is made into a banner and hung on East, West and North Causeway Approach from April to June.  Every day thousands of students and commuters travel these approaches on their way to school and work.  The banners heighten awareness of the anti-litter message while adding color and interest to the approaches.  Entries are to be 8 1/2 x 14 verticle.  Artwork should be colored, original and handdrawn.  No photographs, logos or slogans.  Include the students name, email, teacher, teacher email, school and grade on the back.  All entries should be submitted to KMB.  KMB will select a winner and the TOP 12 winners.  First place receives a $100 gift card, second place a $50 gift card and third place a $25 gift card.  Other winners receive a certificate presented by the Mayor.

Anti-Litter Poster Contest for grades K - 3rd
The post contest is open to students in grades K-3rd.  Students are asked to use their creativity to draw an anti-litter poster and message.  The anti-litter message is very important.  No photographs or trademarked logos or slogans. Students must submit their artwork to their school.  The schools will select the top three for each grade level.  The school level winners will be submitted to KMB for citywide judging.  Citywide winners will receive a trophy and certificate presented by the Mayor.  School level winners will receive a certificate. 

For a copy of the rules or an entry email kmb@cityofmandeville.com


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.
 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE NEXT CITYWIDE CLEANUP
April 12, 2014

Keep Mandeville Beautiful and the City of Mandeville are calling all volunteers to help beautify and cleanup Mandeville on Saturday, April 12th from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. Individuals, families and groups can volunteer for various projects that will improve the overall appearance of Mandeville such as litter pick up, gardening, mulching and cleanup of the waterways along Mandeville’s shoreline. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.  More information will be made available as the event draws closer.

Recent grants allow KMB to extend its reach. 

In May 2013, KMB received a $5,000 UPS grant to plant trees in Mandeville.  With volunteer help, 50 trees will be planted in an effort to add to Mandeville's tree inventory.  The trees will be planted in January 2014.  Businesses, groups and individuals can sign up now to help with the project by contacting KMB at kmb@cityofmandeville.com.  In June 2013, KMB received a $2,000 grant from KAB to implement a Cigarette Butt Litter Prevention program.  Ten ash receptacles were purchased for public areas, "Please Don't Litter It" signs were erected along roadways and over 1,000 pocket ashtrays were distributed to smokers at the Town Crier and B's Tobacco Plus stores.  KMB also recieved a trimmer and backpack blower valued at $500 from TROY-BILT.


 

 
 

 

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