Hands on Thomas County - Summer Service Campers - River Cleanup
Individuals taking part in the Hands on Thomas County summer service camp participated in a River Cleanup on Boat Ramp Road by the Ochlocknee River where they picked up 11 bags of litter, two tires and much more. Way to go campers!
Keep Georgia Beautiful Blog - Q&A with Julie Murphree of KTCB
Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grant - 2020
In 2020 KTCB received a $2500 cigarette litter prevention program grant from Keep America Beautiful. KTCB used about $750 of the funds to purchase nine cigarette receptacles (see left photo), for Balfour Dog Park and Cherokee Lake Park in Thomasville. KTCB is partnering with the City of Thomasville Parks and Recreation to install and maintain the receptacles. The second picture (top right) shows cigarette butts that were collected at Balfour Park as part of a preliminary report for the location prior to installing receptacles. The remainder of the grant funds ($1750) were used for community education and cigarette litter prevention outreach campaign. The cigarette litter prevention video (bottom right) was created as part of that campaign.
Jerger School Potato Planting - February 2019
Students in Ms. Stewarts Pre-K class at Jerger Elementary School recently received a visit from KTCB Executive Director Julie Murphree. During story time she enjoyed listening to the book "Tops and Bottoms" about vegetables that grow on top and below the ground. After lunch, KTCB Y.E.S. School Champion students from the 5th grade assisted younger students with planting potatoes. Thanks to Bethany Bryant, student parent, for providing horse manure compost for the project.
Harper Elementary School Litter Clean-up - January 2019
SHOUT OUT to these Harper Elementary School /Thomasville Community Resource Center 21st Century Afterschool Learning Program students and Brookwood Wednesday Warriors that picked up litter on the sidewalk/roadway surrounding Harper. In 30 minutes they collected 2 ½ 30-gallon bags of litter and ½ a 30-gallon bag of recyclable items. Sadly adults, not children, seemed to be the main culprit for the litter collected - lottery tickets, Styrofoam cups and food containers, beer and miniature liquor bottles, a diaper and more.
Children Leading the Way
Keri Johnson a Kindergarten teacher at Hand-in-Hand is teaching her students to care for the environment and they are leading the way when it comes to recycling, conservation and litter prevention. They call themselves the "garbage people" because if someone is throwing it away...they reuse it! Just this week they are using Oui yogurt jars to make candy jars for their moms (March Mom's day is Friday) and they are bringing in old socks to make sock puppets (the students attended a play recently at the Center for the Arts and the entertainer told the students how he reused old "stuff" to make his puppets). For Valentine's day the students reused old cereal boxes as their Valentine boxes and for Easter they are using milk jugs as "Easter basket". Teacher and Students have taken their pledge and are leading the way when it comes to recycling. Students also like to pick up trash around the school.
Young Adults Take Action to Benefit Pollinators
Students from Bishop Hall Charter School Guitar Club and FFA for spending this past Friday morning working in the Cherokee Lake Pollinator with Beth Wiggins Grant, Candee Henderson, Jennie, Ruth Ann Maxwell, Karen, Artie Newcombe and Julie Murphree. Bishop Hall is a great example of Youth Environmental Stewardship in action. Friends of Lost Creek Forest who maintain the Pollinator Garden are very thankful for their help in getting it ready for a new year of pollinators.
Keeping Their School Free from Litter
Student leaders at Scott Elementary School participate in a school litter cleanup. Scott School is another of our Y.E.S schools and the students are doing their part to keep our environment litter free.
Thomas University's Earth Day Fair
KTCB participated in the 2018 Earth Day Fair at Thomas University. This was a great day of fun and networking. Earlier in the day students took a tour of the local landfill and that afternoon all the Y.E.S Schools were presented with their 2018 Banners for achieving their Y.E.S. goals for the year. It was a great day of fun for all.