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Community & Education News
Florence School District One
For Release: January 6, 2015
Wilson High School Receives Keep Florence Beautiful Educational Recycling Grant
Wilson High School has received a Keep Florence Beautiful (KFB) Educational Initiative Recycling Grant. Through the grant, the school has been supplied with recycling bins for each classroom and weekly pick-ups from PluffMud Recycling. The KFB Education Initiative is in its infancy, and the recycling grant is one portion of the broader program that will benefit Florence County schools.
Maggie Dunham, Special Education teacher at Wilson and supervisor of the autism program, approached KFB for help with ideas and one year of financial support to start the program. With additional support from the principal, the program recently began at the school and will continue until the end of this school year.
“This project will provide students the opportunity to apply functional skills, life skills, and social skills as they help keep Wilson beautiful,” Dunham said. Dunham also said that she wanted an outlet for the children in her program to learn valuable lessons about recycling.
“We are so excited about this project to be coming to fruition,” said KFB chairwoman Michelle Bailey, “When Ms. Dunham and I sat down and proposed the idea with Lisa Perry, seventh-grade science teacher at Sneed and newly appointed KFB Board member who already has a recycling program in place, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.”
Bailey added that the Keep Florence Beautiful Board of Directors was unanimous in the vote to provide the grant, and that she is humbled in knowing that students will now be involved in a project that KFB is supporting.”
For more information, or if your school is interested in this program please contact FSD1 or Keep Florence Beautiful;
Keep Florence Beautiful
Florence School District One
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, 9am
West Florence High School / Florence ‘Rail Trail’ area
Beach Sweep / River Sweep—organized by S.C. Sea Grant Consortium in partnership with S.C. Department of Natural Resources—is the largest one-day litter cleanup of South Carolina’s beaches and waterways. Every third Saturday in September thousands of South Carolinians volunteer to clear trash from our beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps.
Beach Sweep/River Sweep is an annual event for South Carolina since 1988 and is held in conjunction with The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, which involves several hundred- thousand volunteers in over 75 nations.
This year KFB and our volunteers will meet behind West Florence High School in the back parking lot (near the Florence ‘Rail Trail’) to clean up the swamp area behind the school. Closed-toe shoes and insect repellent are recommended. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. For more information contact site captain Terasa Lott or visit the River Sweep page on the S.C. Department of Natural Resources website at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/bsrs/
Volunteer for the KFB River Sweep
Would you like to be a part of this year’s Beach Sweep/River Sweep? Anyone can participate, including businesses, civic clubs, recreation clubs, individuals, families, school groups, church groups, and youth groups. Volunteers select any river, lake, swamp, beach, creek, or marsh area they wish to clean. Click here to volunteer for this event and help be a solution to pollution!
ABOUT THE 4th Annual KFB Brew Fest
The Fourth Annual KFB Brew Fest will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Roseneath Farm (1102 Cherokee Rd) Florence, SC. Ticket sales from the event benefit Keep Florence Beautiful, a local non-profit organization with the mission of improving the community through beautification projects and recycling initiatives.
HOME BREW CONTEST – The Fourth Annual “Brew Fest” is an AHA / BJCP Sanctioned Competition. First, Second, and Third place prizes will be awarded to the winners based on Aroma, Appearance, Flavor, Mouth feel, and Overall Impression.
LOCAL BREWS & FOOD – Local and regional craft brewers along with local home brewers will be on hand pouring their prized craft beers. We will also provide several outstanding national craft beers for sampling. For the wine lovers, Grotto Fine Wine and Victor’s Bistro will be serving their favorite wines. Wholly Smokin’ BBQ and Ribs will be selling their award-winning, slow- cooked barbecue.
LIVE, LOCAL MUSIC – Once again attendees will be jamming to great local music. We will have two bands (to be announced) playing all festival long!
EVENT LOCATION – ROSENEATH FARM FLORENCE, SC – Roseneath Farm perfectly embodies the mission of Keep Florence Beautiful with its towering trees and peaceful in-town setting off of Cherokee Rd.
Purchase Tickets -$30.00 at the door. All attendees must be over 21 (ID will be checked at entrance), ticket includes Beer & Wine.
Download the Home Brew Application -There is an entry fee of $5 per beer and a maximum of 3 beers per entrant. However, you are allowed one free st entry with a ticket purchase. All fees must be paid and entry forms emailed to Xtophergoss@bellsouth.net by midnight on September 13, 2014.
Download the Sponsor Brochure – With four levels of sponsorship there are many ways to get involved download the brochure to learn more.
Keep Florence Beautiful is about to tackle a different form of litter in the community: pet waste. Funded in part by a grant from PalmettoPride, the “Clean Water, Clean Yards, Clean Shoes” campaign seeks to educate citizens about the negative impacts of pet waste. “The ultimate goal of the project is to increase the number of people picking up after their pets,” said KFB Board Chair Michelle Bailey.
Pet waste is unattractive and has a certain “yuck” factor that deters people from using public spaces. Pet waste also contains bacteria, viruses, and parasites that may be transported to local waterways during rain events which could lead to illness in pets or humans that ingest the water. “It’s a bigger problem than people realize,” Bailey said. “In Florence County alone, it is estimated that more than 2.8 tons of pet waste are left on the ground each day.”
In an effort to promote proper disposal of pet waste disposal, 15 pet waste stations are available to homeowners associations, neighborhood associations, and public parks through an application process. Organizations interested in receiving a pet waste station should complete the application/agreement form.
In addition to the pet waste stations, portable pet waste dispensers along with an educational brochure from the Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium have been provided to the Florence Area Humane Society. “We feel like education is key to getting people to pick up after their pets. The Consortium brochures do a great job of explaining the relationship between pet waste and water quality and the portable bag dispensers make picking up after your pet convenient.”