KACB to hire high school students for cleanups 

Keep Alachua County Beautiful
Keep Alachua County Beautiful recently received a grant designed to help local organizations beautify their communities. (Courtesy of Keep Alachua County Beautiful)
Courtesy of Keep Alachua County Beautiful

Keep Alachua County Beautiful (KACB) was recently awarded the $10,000 Keep America Beautiful MLK Jr. Neighborhood Building Grant, designed to help local organizations beautify their communities. 

KACB will put high school students at the forefront of the community cleanup efforts. The cleanups will focus on improving the MLK corridor adjacent to NW 13th Street and US Hwy 441. 

“This grant will allow us to provide mentorship and job training to our youth while also making a positive impact on the environment,” said Executive Director Gina Hawkins in a press release. “It’s a win-win situation for everyone.” 

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KACB will employ 10-12 high school students to lead cleanup projects involving their peers. The program is a chance for students to meet their community service requirements while also building an appreciation for their environment. 

The team leaders are responsible for recruiting peers and classmates to assist with the cleanups. Staff members from KACB will collaborate with the team leaders and provide supervision and mentoring. 

The supervisors and mentors for the program are staff members from the University of Florida’s KACB. 

For more information about Keep Alachua County Beautiful or to apply for a position with the program, please visit www.kacb.org

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