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Executive Director Report
Congratulations to all our award winners and a special thank you to our First Lady, Deborah Bryant, Mississippi Ag and Commerce Commissioner, Andy Gipson and to Keep America Beautiful Affiliate Trainer, Sue Smith for joining us this year and to make our 26 th Annual Award program the best yet!!

Mississippi is going to be CLEAN and GREEN with all the hard work our affiliates are doing with their Great American Cleanups. I also want to thank the MDOT Coordinators for their successful Trash Bash in the Districts. 

Thanks to all the volunteers that helped make our State Great American Cleanup Kickoff at McNair Springs/Keep Magee Beautiful, a huge success – if you are heading south – be sure to visit this amazing transformation at the McNair Springs Park.

Neeley and I are super excited to announce that we now have 48 Keep Mississippi Beautiful Affiliates; we certified the City of Byram and the City of Mount Olive this month – our family keeps growing. “ Welcome” to these new amazing affiliates.

With summer approaching, be safe in traveling and enjoy our beautiful Mississippi – there are some beautiful wildflowers to see.

Sarah
2019 Great American Cleanup State-wide Kickoff
in partnership with Keep Magee Beautiful
On Saturday, April 6, there were 149 volunteers that helped us clean and green McNair Springs Park, in Magee, Mississippi. Volunteers built and planted new flower beds, built a french drain, painted the pavilion, bathrooms, baseball & softball dugouts and bleachers, restored pavilion railing, and installed park benches and waste receptacles, and collected over 200 pounds of litter and debris totaling over $13,700 in volunteer hour benefits.

Thank you to our sponsors- Angela's, BancorpSouth, Central Building Supply (Ace Hardware), City of Magee, Chris Curlee Realty, Dr. David Ward Concert Pianist, Entergy, Ferguson Federal Credit Union, First Baptist Church Magee, Gay Austin, Glad, Gloria McAlpin, James Price Wallace, Jason Williams' Pressure Washing, Joe and Nona Lee, Joe Lee/SouthGroup Insurance, Keep America Beautiful, Lane's Lawn Care, M&M Insulation & Home Interiors, Magee Courier, Magee General Hospital, Mageenews.com, Mark & Ruth Ellington, Mississippi Beverage Association, Mississippi Department of Transportation Litter Prevention Program, Nucor Steel, People's Bank, PriorityOne Bank, ProPruitt Rental, Punch's Mobile Car Wash, Renew 96.3, Simpson County Academy, Southern Beverage, Starts-Home Home Health, the McAlpin House, Tractor Supply, Trustmark, Walmart, and Waste Management- without you,
this event would not have been possible.


Keep Mississippi Beautiful's
Annual Awards Luncheon
Our annual awards luncheon honors Mississippians who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their communities in the areas of litter prevention, recycling, waste reduction, beautification and community improvement. Congratulations to all of 2019 award winners:

KEEP MS BEAUTIFUL PARTNERSHIP AWARDS

GOVERNMENT
LOCAL
3rd Place- Madison the City Environmental Court
2nd Place- Judge Jeremy Belk
1st Place- City of Picayune

STATE
3rd Place- MS State Extension Simpson County
2nd Place- MS Dept. of Environmental Quality- Right Way to Throw Away
1st Place- Mississippi Department of Transportation Litter Prevention Program

FEDERAL
1st- Enid Lake Volunteers for Waste Management

CIVIC
3rd Place- Starkville Community Church
2nd Place-GFWC-MFWC Civic Women’s Club of Picayune
1st Place- Lauderdale County Homemakers Association

BUSINESS
3rd Place- Bill Allen, Bank Plus
2nd Place- MS Power & Keep Picayune Beautiful
1st Place- Mississippi Power - Environmental Stewardship Council

YOUTH
3rd Place- Phi Theta Kappa Chapter/Co-Lin Simpson Co.
2nd Place- Puckett Art Department
1st Place- 2018-19 Ridgeland High School Recyclers
1st Place Elementary- Southside Elementary School’s SSU Litter Busters

KEEP MS BEAUTIFUL PROGRAM AWARDS

GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP
2nd Place- Keep Jackson Beautiful Month
1st Place- Keep Tupelo Beautiful - 10 for Tupelo

BEAUTIFICATION
1st Place- Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce Karen McKie 2018 President

RECYCLING IN MS
3rd Place- City of Oxford - Recycling
2nd Place- St. Catherine’s Village Green Team
1st Place- Joy Dodson - Keep Canton Beautiful

AFFILIATE (by population)
Under 5,000
1st Place- Keep Flora Beautiful

5,001-25,000
1st Place- Keep Picayune Beautiful

25,001-50,000
3rd Place- Keep Keep the Rez Beautiful
2nd Place- Keep Brookhaven-Lincoln County Beautiful
1st Place- Keep Tupelo Beautiful

50,001+
2nd Place- Keep Jackson Beautiful
1st Place- Harrison County Beautification Commission

KEEP MS BEAUTIFUL INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

APPRECIATION AWARD
Keith Chamblee

INDIVIDUAL YOUTH
Theron Bishop

LAW ENFORCEMENT
Deputy Fire Chief Barry Lee

MAYOR OF THE YEAR
Mayor Shirley Sandifer

RON ALDRIDGE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Rachel R Collier

PAT FORDICE AWARD
Kathryn Rhea

LOUISE GODWIN AWARD
John Sigman

2018 Keep MS Beautiful CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE WINNERS
Keep Belzoni Beautiful
Keep Brookhaven-Lincoln County Beautiful
Keep Canton Beautiful
Keep Clinton Beautiful
Keep Corinth-Alcorn County Beautiful
Keep Diamondhead Beautiful
Keep Flora Beautiful
Keep Harrison County Beautiful
Keep Holmes County Beautiful
Keep Jackson Beautiful
Keep Leake County Beautiful
Keep Madison the city Beautiful
Keep Magee Beautiful
Keep Mendenhall Beautiful
Keep Oxford Lafayette County Beautiful
Keep Pearl Beautiful
Keep Pike Co. Beautiful
Keep the Rez Beautiful
Keep Ridgeland Beautiful
Keep Simpson County Beautiful
Keep Starkville Beautiful
Keep Tupelo Beautiful
Keep Waveland Beautiful
Mississippi's Newest Affiliates:
Keep Byram Beautiful and
Keep Mount Olive Beautiful
We would like to welcome our newest affiliates to our Keep Mississippi Beautiful family.

Keep Byram Beautiful was certified on April 24 and is led by Alderwoman Diandra Hosey.

Keep Mount Olive Beautiful was certified on April 25 and is led by Town Clerk, Breyon Magee.

We are excited to work with them and look forward to seeing their communities become cleaner and a more beautiful place to live.

Pictured above, the top photo is the Keep Byram Beautiful committee and below is Keep Mt. Olive Beautiful committee.
Tales from the Wildflower Trail
Dr. Brett Rushing of the Assistant Research/Extension Professor of Mississippi State University Coastal Plain Branch Experiment Station, planting native wildflowers, Blackeyed Susan, Plains Coreopsis, Clasping Coneflower, Bergamot, Lemon Mint, Indian Blanket, and Hoary Mountain Mint, using a no-till seed drill.

Pine Needle Garden Club of Columbia was instrumental in getting Columbia declared a certified Wildflower City by Keep Mississippi Beautiful. Judy Ward, Project Chairman and incoming President of Pine Needle Garden Club, presented the project to the Mayor and Aldermen in the fall of 2018, and it was unanimously approved. In preparation for planting, city workers have applied herbicides and a controlled burn.

The site is located along RA Johnson Road, across from the proposed sportsplex. 

See below for our 2019 Wildflower Field Day Event happening June 20. Seating is extremely limited, so please RSVP to neeley@keepmsbeautiful.com ASAP (deadline is June 7) or go to
wildflowertrails.eventbrite.com to reserve your spot!
It's Great American Cleanup Season!
The Great American Cleanup is the nation's largest community improvement program, engaging on average more than 3 million volunteers and participants every year to create a positive change and lasting impact on local communities.

Interested in volunteering in the Great American Cleanup?

Find a Mississippi Affiliate near you or contact Keep Mississippi Beautiful to organize your own cleanup by requesting Glad Bags.
Skip the Straw Movement
In the US alone, one estimate suggests 500 million straws are used each day.

The average time a single straw is used? 30 minutes.

The average time a plastic straw stays on planet Earth? 100 years.

We ask that you join us and skip the straw! Take the pledge at skipthestraw.com

KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL GRANTS AVAILABLE

Keep America Beautiful's Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund 
Rolling Deadline 
Keep America Beautiful's Community Restoration and Resiliency Fund benefits Keep America Beautiful Affiliates that serve communities directly affected by natural and environmental disasters. The fund provides immediate and long-term support for initial and ongoing cleanup efforts and helps rebuild vital public spaces: parks, greenways, community gateways, Main Street/downtown areas, open spaces and more. 

WALMART COMMUNITY GRANTS
From $250-$5,000

Through the Community Grant Program, our associates are proud to support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations. 

  • The 2019 grant cycle deadline is Dec. 31, 2019.
  • Application may be submitted at any time during this funding cycle. Please note that applications will only remain pending in our system for 90 days.
Future Dates:
June 20 Wildflower Field Day, MSU Coastal Plains Branch
Oct. 10-11 Keep MS/AL Beautiful Conference, Hattiesburg, MS
Feb. 26, 2020 KMB's Legislative Day, Jackson, MS

To add an event to our "Future Dates" email neeley@keepmsbeautiful.com