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Executive Director Report
Just when you think you have attended the best conference - Keep Alabama Beautiful/Keep Mississippi Beautiful Conference was educational, informing, fun and we sure did not go hungry. Thanks to the Alabama team, Denise Taylor and Joy McKee our Keep Mississippi delegation of twenty eight really enjoyed ourselves. I also want to thank Sue Smith and Grace Keegan from Keep America Beautiful for the wonderful training that we all received. These two are amazing.

Neeley and I had a wonderful time in Picayune and are so happy to have Christy Goss and Keep Picayune Beautiful join our Mississippi affiliate network. This brings us to forty six affiliates.  It was so exciting to have South Side Elementary gifted students join us for this Certification. These students designed a litter brochure for Keep Picayune Beautiful.

Please continue to keep our friends in Florida in your thoughts as they are recovering from Hurricane Michael.  

I am so thankful for all of the amazing friends that continue to work to keep our state beautiful and at this time let me say “have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving” and if you are traveling during the holidays – be safe and remember KEEP MISSISSIPPI CLEAN & GREEN.


Keep Mississippi/Alabama Beautiful's
Annual Joint Conference
Thank you to Keep Alabama Beautiful for hosting this year's Keep MS/AL Beautiful conference! Affiliates heard from the City of Orange Beach's Leave Only Footprints program, The Underwater Forest, Alabama Coastal Foundation, and all things Keep America Beautiful from KAB Central Region Affiliate Services Grace Keegan and KAB National Trailer Sue Smith.

Mississippi Affiliates represented were:
Keep Belzoni Beautiful
Keep Copiah County Beautiful
Keep Desoto County Beautiful
Keep Harrison County Beautiful
Keep Holmes County Beautiful
Keep Indianola Beautiful
Keep Leake County Beautiful
Keep Natchez Beautiful
Keep Oxford/Lafayette County Beautiful
Keep Panola County Beautiful
Keep Pearl Beautiful
Keep Picayune Beautiful
Keep Pike County Beautiful
Keep the Rez Beautiful
Keep Ridgeland Beautiful
Keep Simpson County Beautiful
Keep Tupelo Beautiful

We also had the Mississippi Department of Transportation Anti-Litter Coordinators in attendance as well!
Upcoming Affiliate Meeting- November 8
For affiliates who were not able to come to the MS/AL conference, KMB will be hosting another meeting that will meet your annual KAB training hour requirements. Please RSVP by Nov. 5.

The Corner Bakery (back room)
149 Grandview Blvd, Madison, 39110
Thursday, November 8, 2018
10 AM - 1 PM
Welcome Our Newest Affiliate!
Keep Mississippi Beautiful is so excited to welcome our newest affiliate, Keep Picayune Beautiful. Certified October 23, Affiliate Director Christy Goss says "I am looking forward to making new partnerships within my community. I’m excited about uniting all the passionate, prideful people in Picayune. I know that with partnerships we can accomplish great things and make Picayune the best it can be, which will result in making Mississippi the best it can be."

Help Us, Help You
Keep Mississippi Beautiful is now enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program!

If you have a Kroger Plus Card, please help us earn rewards by registering online. If you do not, Plus cards are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.

  • Click on Sign In/Register on kroger.com
  • Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Our NPO number is GJ773, select Keep Mississippi Beautiful from list and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for KMB until after you register your card(s).
  • Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Please share this information with your board members, volunteers, friends and family!
Keep America Beautiful's
2019 National Conference
Keep America Beautiful will host its 2019 National Conference at the  Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, from Feb. 6-8, 2019. For Keep MS Beautiful Affiliates, now is a great time to seek sponsorship for conference registration- early bird registration is $575.

Recycle Bowl Competition
& America Recycles Day
Keep Mississippi Beautiful is excited to have 14 schools across our state to compete in Keep America Beautiful's Recycle Bowl Competition. This is a 30 day competition from October 15 to America Recycles Day, November 15 and the winners are chosen by the weight of the recycled materials.

The Mississippi schools include:
-Northwest Rankin High School, Brandon
-Canton High School, Canton
-Humphreys Academy, Belzoni
-Ridgeland High School, Ridgeland
-Thames Elementary, Hattiesburg
-Rowan Elementary, Hattiesburg
-Woodley Elementary, Hattiesburg
-Hawkins Elementary, Hattiesburg
-Grace Christian Elementary, Hattiesburg
-Sacred Heart Catholic, Hattiesburg
-Burney STEAM Academy, Hattiesburg
-Burger Middle School, Hattiesburg
-Hattiesburg High School, Hattiesburg
-Bethune Achievement Center, Hattiesburg

Good luck to you all! Stay tuned for the national and state winner!
MLK Day of Service Grants
Deadline: Nov. 4, 2018
Funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, these grants offer funding and capacity-building training to effectively recruit and engage young people in meaningful service activities. Grants of $1,000 will be provided to activate a minimum of 500 youth during the MLK Day weekend. 

The  application  deadline is Nov. 4, 2018.

Keep America Beautiful's Hefty EnergyBag Grants
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2019
The Dow Chemical Company  is again teaming up with Keep America Beautiful to award up to $100,000 in grants for organizations to establish  Hefty ®  EnergyBag ®  programs in their communities. The Hefty ® EnergyBag ®  program, led by Dow and Reynolds Consumer Products, offers an innovative approach to diverting hard-to-recycle plastics.

The  grant application  is open to municipalities, nonprofits, materials recovery facilities and other qualifying organizations through Jan. 31, 2019. Dow will equip grant recipients with a framework for developing a successful program in their communities, and will facilitate planning, implementation and measurement. Recipients will manage their local programs and solicit involvement from key community stakeholders. Dow and Keep America Beautiful will host two one-hour webinars on  Nov. 7  and  Dec. 12  to review the application process and describe how they will evaluate grant applications.

Stand for the Land Cigarette Receptacles
Rolling Deadline
Keep America Beautiful affiliates and partner organizations have an opportunity to participate in a Philip Morris USA initiative to place 10,000 litter stands to collect cigarette butts in communities nationwide and educate adult smokers 21+ on the importance of disposing of their cigarette butts properly. 

Adult smokers are being given the opportunity to enter locations (city and zip code) on a map to indicate where they would like to see a litter stand installed. As stands are placed, an interactive map populates featuring local stories and showing locations that have been selected.

Keep America Beautiful and Philip Morris USA request your help in finding locations to place litter stands to provide opportunities for adult smokers to dispose of their cigarette butts properly. Keep America Beautiful Affiliates are able to request free litter stands (with no shipping cost to you) by emailing litterstands@kab.org .

  • Install the litter stand(s) in an accessible place (e.g., outside entrance to retail location, or transition point where adult smokers commonly dispose of cigarette butts). Hardware is included to mount each receptacle.
  • Maintain litter stand(s) (e.g., regularly empty cigarette butts into garbage).
  • Share the GPS coordinates of each litter stand's location with KAB to include on the interactive map. GPS coordinates can be identified in several ways:
  • Enter the litter stand location/address into https://www.latlong.net/ and record coordinates.
  • Using Google Maps, right-click the place on the map. Select "What's Here?". At the bottom of the map, a card with coordinates will appear.

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. 

Mississippi Recycling Coalition School Grants
Deadline: Friday, November 6
The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) is offering grants to schools to support new or expanding recycling programs. Both $500 and $1,000 grants are available to public and private K-12 schools in Mississippi. The deadline for submitting applications is November 16.
This grant program supports the mission of MRC, a non-profit organization that works to promote and grow recycling efforts in the state.

Applications are due Friday, November 16. Mailed applications should be postmarked by that date; faxed and emailed applications should be submitted by 5 p.m. Also, please note guidelines and instructions below.
Submitting Applications:
MRC accepts applications via:
  • Mail: Attn: School Recycling Grants, Michelle Robinson, 107 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655
  • Fax: Attn: School Recycling Grants, Michelle Robinson, 662-232-2338
  • Email: Subject Line: School Recycling Grants, Michelle Robinson, mrobinson@oxfordms.net
If you have any questions, contact Michelle Robinson at 662-232-2745 or at  mrobinson@oxfordms.net .
Keep Belzoni Beautiful's Wartville Wizard Play
The Wartville Wizard was presented to the city of Belzoni Tuesday, October 16th at the Catfish Museum Depot Theater. Despite the rain, every seat was filled in the theater as the community came out to see this thought provoking, comedic dramatization of one man's fight against litter in his hometown.

After seeing a video of the Wartville Wizard by Don Madden being read to children, Chandra Hines, Executive Director for Keep Belzoni Beautiful thought it would be the perfect tool to communicate the message of litter to local residents. She presented the idea to dramatize the book in play form to KBB's board who immediately set a date to cast parts for the play. KBB held auditions to identify local residents of Belzoni who would portray each role. 

The play was advertised via flyers, through Facebook, on the cable station as well as on the radio. They did not charge admission for the play because they wanted everyone to come and receive the message of the story. They did however sell concessions along with Keep Belzoni Beautiful t-shirts to raise funds for their affiliate. 

The story helps everyone understand the shared responsibility we all have in keeping our communities clean, green and beautiful.
Future Dates:
Nov. 8 KMB Affiliate Meeting, 10 AM, Corner Bakery, Madison
Nov. 15 America Recycles Day
Feb. 6-8 Keep America Beautiful Conference- Baltimore, MD
Feb. 27 KMB Legislative Day
Apr. 25 KMB Annual Awards, Country Club of Jackson