From the Waste In Place curriculum to the Patch Program, our youth programs are helping create environmental stewards, giving Texas a bright future!
Don’t mess with Texas® Art ContestMore information on the 2018 KTB Awards for Individuals and Organizations will be made available early next year.
- Nominations Open January 2018
- Nominations Due February 2018
Congratulations to the winners of the Don't mess with Texas® Art Contest! More than 4,300 students participated from 136 communities across Texas.
Estrella Delgadillo | Rockdale Elementary, Rockdale
Emma Donohue | Anita Scott Elementary, Royse City
Katherine Sunwoo | Dallas Art Studio, Irving
Abhishek Venkat Doddi | McCoy Elementary, Carrollton
Karis Lee, 4th grade | Cornerstone Elementary, Sugar Land
June Kim | Great Oaks Elementary, Round Rock
Juan Elias Cepeda | Lucio Middle School, Brownsville
Stacy Chen | Beckendorff Junior High, Katy
Frederick Herrin | Goldthwaite Middle School, Goldthwaite
Ariana Kimball | Duncanville High School, Duncanville
Caitlyn Marie Cruz | Robert G. Cole High School, San Antonio
Aishani Sil | Liberty High School, Frisco (cover art)
Hope Cahill | Pine Tree High School, Longview
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Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship
The Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who have taken leadership roles to prevent litter in their schools and/or communities and build awareness of the Don’t mess with Texas initiative.
The deadline for the 2017 scholarship contest has passed. Winners will be announced in June. For more information, please visit dontmesswithtexas.org/scholarships.
Litter ForceThe Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is now targeting even younger Texans with its litter-prevention campaign. The Litter Force Team teaches elementary-age children about the perils of littering and how they can help ‘blast the trash’ and protect Texas roadways from litter.
The Keep Texas Beautiful Patch Program is designed to give recognition to the outstanding efforts of Scouts in their communities. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire youth or other youth group members may earn patches by participating in various events.
Keep Texas Beautiful’s Youth Patch Program was launched and supported by the Honorable Ruthe Jackson, a founding member of KTB and councilwoman in Grand Prairie. For years Ms. Jackson fulfilled patch orders out of her home. Eventually, the state office took over the ordering and inventory duties, but through the years the program fell by the wayside.
At Ms. Jackson’s urging, the Youth Committee revived the program. The committee redesigned and reordered patches, and Ms. Jackson paid for the initial inventory. She requested that KTB charge a fee for the patches in the future, so that KTB could maintain an inventory for years to come.
We continue to improve our patch program in Ms. Jackson’s memory. Today we have five different patches, and more in the works. We now offer toolkits that include ideas for earning patches and flyers to promote them. We believe that recognizing youth for their environmental efforts is key to creating a sustainable future.
- To provide the opportunity to honor Scouts for their significant contributions toward keeping Texas beautiful.
- To educate Scouts about the Keep Texas Beautiful mission and to involve them in community activities relating to our focus areas of litter prevention, beautification and waste reduction.
Keep Texas Beautiful
Earn the Keep Texas Beautiful patch by participating in a cleanup event, improvement project, or environmental activity that is sponsored by a KTB affiliate.
Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off
Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off patches are earned by participation in a cleanup event or improvement project that is done during the designated Trash-Off days.
I keep Texas BEAUTIFUL
Earn the I Keep Texas Beautiful patch by participating or hosting any activity relating to litter prevention, beautification, waste reduction, or environmental education.
I Can Dig It
The I Can Dig It patch can be earned by doing a project that involves digging in the dirt and beautifying your community.
Keep Texas Waterways Clean
The KTWC patch can be earned by participating or hosting a Keep Texas Waterways Clean event.
A big thank you to the Youth Task Force who assisted in revamping the KTB Youth Patch Program!
Waste In Place
The Waste in Place curriculum addresses the problem of waste and its disposal alternatives, and emphasizes responsible solid waste handling practices through hands-on activities for pre-K to 6th grade students. This unique curriculum aims to help youth have a better understanding of their community, the environment, and to explore how they can make a difference in litter prevention and community improvement.Learn more about Waste in Place from Keep America Beautiful here.
- Increase awareness and knowledge of solid waste problems
- Use hands-on activities to teach students how to properly dispose of and handle solid waste
- Promote social responsibility
- Use a behaviorally-based, systematic approach to changing attitudes and practices related to proper waste handling
You can find more about the WIP curriculum here.
Keep America Beautiful designed the Waste in Place activity guide to address the impact of littering, waste reduction and recycling behaviors and how to improve the local community environment. Waste in Place uses an approach developed through three years of research and is consistent with recommendations from the National Board of Education, the National Science Teachers Association, the National Science Foundation, Science for All Americans, and Project 2061. Some of these recommendations include utility, social responsibility, intrinsic value of knowledge, philosophical value, and childhood enrichment.
In the Classroom
Lessons are correlated, and can be easily integrated into existing subjects, and may use a thematic approach to allow students the opportunity to practice essential process skills and develop the thinking required to make wise decisions about pollution prevention. KAB’s curricula, in conjunction with all participating agencies, promotes pollution prevention education, which may include protecting natural resources, through conservation or increased efficiency in the use of raw materials, energy, water, or other resources.
Educators must attend a six-hour training workshop to use the WIP Curricula.
Waste in Place training is made available with funding from Waste Connections, Inc.