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Hundreds of volunteers turned out on a crisp Saturday morning in April to show how much they care about the City of Whitehouse. Teams registered at Whitehouse City Park, then grabbed their t-shirts, refreshments and were off to collect trash on selected roads. A big thank you to the Whitehouse students, teachers, the local churches, neighborhoods, Whitehouse City Mgr Kevin Huckabee and Whitehouse Council Member Kelvin Fox for giving up a part of their Saturday for a worthy cause. And a big MOO to Chick-Fil-A for bringing their mascot to our event!
Hundreds of volunteers showed up early on Saturday, April 5th at Whitehouse City Park to help pick up trash around Whitehouse. This yearly event is the signature event of Keep Whitehouse Beautiful, and a nationwide event sponsored by Keep America Beautiful.
Attention 2014 Texas High School Seniors!
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship Contest.
Sponsored by Forestar and in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, 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.
Any Texas high school senior planning to attend an accredited Texas college or university next year and currently attending public, private, or home school may apply. One $3,000 scholarship and two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded this spring to students planning to pursue a two- or four-year degree at an accredited university or college in Texas.
Applications deadline for online submission or postmarked by April 4, 2014, Midnight (CST). Both digital and mailed applications will be accepted, and will be judged based on student essays detailing creative solutions to litter problems.
For more information and to access the application, please visit http://www.dontmesswithtexas.org/education/scholarship.php.
As we start planning our new year, there’s a big event in town that you will want to save the date for: the annual Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off! This year, the big cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 5th.
We are looking for individuals, organizations, student classes, businesses and neighborhoods to help us this year. It’s a half-day filled with fun and fellowship while helping to make a difference in our community.
“Last year we had more than 300 people and we are expecting a great turnout again from our community,” said Beverly Casey, KWB President. “These volunteers make all the difference in the world. It’s not only the fact that they are picking up litter that day. They’re also making everyone who is driving by aware of litter. Trash doesn’t just ‘go away.’ Someone has to pick it up–so don’t throw it out in the first place.”
The event starts at Whitehouse City Park for registration and t-shirt pickup for the first 300 participants. Then it’s off to a section of roadway with a group to pick up trash. Those who come are encouraged to wear long pants, close-toed shoes, long-sleeve shirts and hats. They also may want to bring gloves, sunscreen and bug repellant. The first 300 to arrive at the event will get a free t-shirt, compliments of Keep Whitehouse Beautiful.
According to Keep Whitehouse Beautiful member Dorothy LaFlure, “We’re expecting a great turnout again from our community,” she said. “It makes all the difference in the world. It’s not only the fact that they are picking up litter that day. They’re also making everyone there aware of litter and those driving by aware of litter.”
SAVE the DATE!….the 2014 Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off will be Saturday, April 5th. Location – Whitehouse City Park. Volunteers / teams to arrive between 8 and 9am to register, get their trash picking bags, road assignments and free t-shirts, then head out to begin picking up trash. We will have instructions for everyone and also be taking photos – a big group photo before everyone heads out. Stay on the lookout for more information here, or on our Facebook page!
Whitehouse received two red, white and blue Don’t Mess With Texas litter cans for use in the community. This program by TXDOT is in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful. The goal is to educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment. Litter-free roads promote tourism, business, health, beautification and caring for others. Research shows that stress levels fall within minutes of seeing or working in clean, green spaces. Driving along clean, green roads makes anyone’s commute more pleasant. Keep Whitehouse Beautiful thankfully received the cans from TXDOT and encourages everyone to show they care by disposing of their litter correctly. One can has been placed at the Whitehouse YMCA, and the other can is at the Whitehouse Recycle Center. Pictured are from left to right (back row) KWB volunteers Hazel Bateman and Debbie Shafer, and Public Information Officer for TXDOT, Tyler District Larry Krantz (front row) KWB volunteers Beverly Casey and Dorothy LaFlure, Whitehouse YMCA Director Renee Quackenbush and Whitehouse City Parks Director Don Branam.
The “Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off”, the annual road litter pick-up in Whitehouse, was a big success. It is estimated that over three hundred individuals comprised of students, faculty, and staff from Whitehouse ISD, businesses, scouts, churches, neighborhoods, community organizations, and the city council participated on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Teams reported picking up 237 large bags of trash along the roads of Whitehouse. Troop 248 went the additional step to sort the trash and recovered 4 bags of recyclable items, which included plastic bottles and cans. The largest team was from Brown Elementary at 46 volunteers. The team of Whitehouse Friday School and Key Club filled the most bags, which totaled 38 bags. The following is a sample of the most unusual items the teams found. Pack 359 found a stadium seat. Troop 248 retrieved a commercial leaf blower. Whitehouse Methodist Church discovered a full tube of Crest toothpaste. Residence Inn by Marriott found a box spring. Whitehouse High School/Key Club bagged a coyote.
The volunteers at Whitehouse City Park were greeted in the morning by the Chick-fil-A cows. Keep Whitehouse Beautiful, thanks to our sponsors and business friends, provided t-shirts, coffee, lemonade, breakfast bars, and CiCi’s pizza. Brookshires in Whitehouse donated bottles of water and bananas. Nestle Pure Life, a Keep America Beautiful sponsor, donated 13 cases of water. The banners and trash bags were provided by Keep America Beautiful. The returning teams were given coupons from Chick-fil-A and Dairy Queen. Progressive Waste Company (IESI) donated the trash roll-off and pick up for the event.
Keep Whitehouse Beautiful offers special thanks to the sponsors and business friends, who provide in kind and monetary donations, for supporting the Trash Off as well as the other projects and events KWB leads throughout the year.
City of Whitehouse
EOG Resources, Inc.
David R. Shafer, M.D.
Wildcat Self Storage
Proforma Horizon Total Source
Whitehouse Family Dentistry
Kee Electric, Inc.
Jarrod C. Leisch, D.D.S.
Brad’s Transmission, L.L.C.
Austin Bank, Texas NA
SLLE Management, L.L.C. DBA Whitehouse Pharmacy
Roquemore Hardware, Inc.
Tri County Leader
Spirit Specialty Printing
Whitehouse Area Chamber of Commerce
J & M Trophies
Taylor Insurance Agency
Progressive Waste Company (IESI)
Finally, a big THANK YOU goes out to the Whitehouse community for helping to send the message of keeping our roadways clean and helping to keep Whitehouse a beautiful place to live and work.
President, Keep Whitehouse Beautiful
Hundreds of volunteers from all walks of life appeared at Whitehouse City Park beginning at 8:00am to sign up for the 2012 Don’t Mess With Texas Trash Off. Starting at 8:00am, as a gusty wind blowed, volunteers from Keep Whitehouse Beautiful formed them into teams, handed out free t-shirts, gave them refreshments and sent them on their way to pick up trash and debris. The streets were cleaned from Hwy 110 North, to FM 346 both east and west, to FM 344, Hagan Road, Old Tyler Road and others. The Trash Off is the signature event for Keep Whitehouse Beautiful and part of the larger Great America Cleanup, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful.
According to Keep Whitehouse Beautiful President Dorothy LaFlure, “It makes all the difference in the world. It’s not only the fact that they are picking up litter that day. They’re also making everyone there aware of litter and those driving by aware of litter.”
We want to thank everyone who participated this year and made a statement about how they care about their community!
Keep Texas Beautiful has awarded Keep Whitehouse Beautiful the 2011 Governor’s Community Achievement Award (GCAA) in the category of population size 5,000 to 9,000. Per the report compiled by Keep Texas Beautiful: “In 2010, members of Keep Whitehouse Beautiful, together with local citizens, volunteered a total of 3,747 hours to community projects, and participated in 15 community events over the course of last year, reaching over 5,000 citizens. They also had direct contact with approximately 2,000 elementary students. Every school in Whitehouse participated in a recycling program last year, collecting everything from paper, cardboard and aluminum to ink jet and toner cartridges. KWB is active on five of six WISD campuses, and has taken the lead in working with educators to teach environmental, litter prevention and recycling lessons to all grades. Examples include: more than 350 first graders participating in a litter abatement and nature appreciation day, during which they completed booklets about littering and received a litter bag and a pencil; more than 330 third graders discussing why we recycle and creating Christmas ornaments from homemade paper embedded with phlox seeds; and nearly 370 sixth graders researching the advantages and disadvantages of various energy sources and testing objects at home to gauge their energy use. The local YMCA joined the action in 2010 as well, offering for the first time a six-week gardener program for their upper elementary summer campers. It was a huge success!
When the 2010 Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off rolled around, Whitehouse residents were ready to dive right in. Over 300 citizens – from Boy Scouts and school groups to church members, business people and city leaders – cleared 43.25 miles of roadway, collecting more than 7,000 pounds of litter in the process. The semi-annual Whitehouse’s Large Item Roundup was equally successful, netting 80 appliances, 27,000 pounds of scrap metal and 75 tires.
The local recycling center worked overtime as well last year. Staffed by only a city supervisor, community service workers served as the center’s workforce. They provided 1,108 hours of labor at no cost to the city, accepting and processing more than 255,000 pounds of recyclables, including 78,000 pounds of cardboard, more than 18,500 pounds of plastic, nearly 6,000 pounds of steel cans and over 150,000 pounds of paper. In a time of statewide budget cuts, Whitehouse pocketed more than $8,500 thanks to its efforts. With its environmental achievements acting as a beacon for the entire region, the city of Whitehouse is most certainly delivering on its goal of creating a healthier, more modern city.”
Thank you to Keep Texas Beautiful for its incredible leadership to all the local affiliates throughout the state. Go to the link below to view the page on the KTB site about Keep Whitehouse Beautiful and to view a slideshow of pictures from Whitehouse.
Over 350 people turned up for the 2011 Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off held Saturday, April 2nd at Whitehouse City Park. After registering, getting a free t-shirt and donut, volunteers fanned out across Whitehouse to pick up trash from highways and roadsides. Pictures were taken by Angela Klein and Macy Richey.