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October 04 09:21 AM

Keep La. Beautiful announces 2013 award winners


BATON ROUGE, La.—Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB), the state’s non-profit organization dedicated to litter prevention and waste reduction, announced the 2013 KLB Award recipients on Friday, Sept. 20, during its tenth Annual Awards Luncheon at the conclusion of the 2013 KLB State Conference in Baton Rouge. The program presented four awards recognizing exceptional volunteers and organizations in the state.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful announced winners in the following categories:

Youth Leadership Award – a school, school district, educator or student that has displayed creativity and effective leadership, engaged peers and the community and made a significant impact. Rebecca Warren, an 8th-grade student at Clearwood Junior High School in Slidell, La., received this award for her innovative way of spreading a green message. Using the “Cup Song” as a base, Warren wrote lyrics promoting environmental awareness. Warren and four of her friends performed the song at the school and received such a positive response; they also performed it at other schools in their district.

Outstanding Keep Louisiana Beautiful Affiliate Director – a director/executive director of a KLB affiliate who has demonstrated innovative and exceptional leadership in building a strong, sustainable and diverse program in his/her community. Donna Curtis, Executive Director of Shreve port Green was recognized as the outstanding affiliate director for her dedication and commitment to the organization for more than 23 years. Under her leadership, the organization has developed community outreach programs, led a variety of neighborhood cleanups, received numerous national, state and local grants and elevated the mission of Shreveport Green within the community.

Most Innovative Program — a Keep Louisiana Beautiful affiliate, nonprofit organization, civic group or governmental entity that has introduced a successful environmental initiative that is particularly creative or innovative. Keep Mandeville Beautiful’s (KMB) initiative, “Litter, there’s a bag for that,” was recognized for raising awareness addressing one of the most well known places for litter to start – a vehicle. KMB’s program included a student-led awareness program at the community’s three high schools. The program has continued to grow and will now be an annual program supported by KMB.

Alice Foster Award – recognizes a volunteer for exceptional leadership in litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling and beautification. Award recipient E.J. Forgotston of Hammond, La. was recognized for her leading effort against litter and work to beautify her parish, Tangipahoa. Among her many achievements, Forgotston has supervised more than 500 service hours; shared the antilitter message with more than 2,600 students and led groups to collect more than 400 bags of trash.

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