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Save the World Club to be Honored at 2011 Conference

Special to The Informer | 11/8/2011, 2:52 p.m.

LARGO, MD - Keep Prince George's County Beautiful has announced that one of its affiliate organizations, Save the World! (STW) Environmental Club comprised of students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades from Calverton Elementary School in Beltsville, will be honored this fall at the 58th annual Keep America Beautiful National Conference (KAB) in New Orleans.

STW won first place nationally in the waste reduction/recycling category for its implementation of a comprehensive paper recycling program for more than 800 students that provides every classroom with its own recycling bin and examines every bin on a weekly basis to ensure compliance.

"Save the World! Environmental Club members have made a profound and positive impact on the quality of life in Prince George's County and the environment," said County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. "Not only are they being honored for improving our community, but they are receiving a valuable education about service and environmental stewardship."

The Club was supported by Keep Prince George's County Beautiful (KPGCB) a non-profit corporation that partners with the Department of Environmental Resources' (DER) Waste Management Division to create clean and healthy communities.

Benefiting from its association with the KAB network of nearly 2,000 affiliates and participating organizations, KPGCB supports the County through the development and implementation of waste management programs that include the Green Team School Program (in partnership with Prince George's County Public Schools), Great American Clean Up and Cigarette Litter Prevention Program.

The 58th annual KAB National Conference takes place Nov. 29 - Dec. 2 and brings together award-winning organizations and affiliates from across the country to celebrate the successes of the last 12 months and share best practices in beautification and community greening, fundraising, environmental courts, board development and social media.

The KAB National Awards are open to any business, civic group, school or government agency and their employees for their efforts to deliver a more beautiful, cleaner and improved environment through new technologies, improved waste handling and public space stewardship for program activities.

KAB, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. This national nonprofit forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. For additional information, visit www.kab.org.

For more information about the Save The World! Environmental Club, contact Katie Swanson at Katharine.swanson@pgcps.org , and for information about KPGCB and any of its programs and services, contact Helen Register at htmoore@co.pg.md.us or John Neville at jmjjneville@msn.com.