INDIANAPOLIS – (November 29, 2010) Six schools from Marion County have been chosen to participating in KIB Clubs—the next evolution of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) programming , that engages students, educators and caring adults in the renewal of public spaces. Formerly Project Green Schools, this program works closely with schools and youth-serving organizations to help create outdoor classrooms, build pocket parks and playgrounds, and cultivate rain and vegetable gardens that beautify the community, and provide learning opportunities for educators and the kids they teach.
“One of our focuses with the six schools for the next several years will be trees,” said Andrew Brake, program coordinator with KIB. “Although, we’ve always planted trees at the schools we worked with, it wasn’t always the main focus. Given our NeighborWoods goal to plant 100,000 trees by 2017, it has become very apparent that we need all of our different programs to work together and help promote this challenge. Of the six schools selected, five of them will be able to plant 100 trees on their campus, and the sixth school is hoping to plant trees in the surrounding neighborhood, all of which will add over 500 trees towards our NeighborWoods goal.”
Additional changes to the program include a three-year commitment from the participating school or youth serving organization and a community outreach component included in all projects.
The six schools selected from over 13 applications are Brook Park Elementary, The Project School of Indianapolis, Paramount School of Excellence, Irvington Community Middle School, IPS #114, and Challenge Foundation Academy.
For more than 10 years, KIB has worked to create deeper educational and service opportunities for youth, while building bridges between youth serving organizations, schools, and the broader community. To learn more about the program and see photos from previous projects, please visitwww.kibi.org/kib_clubs.
About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit engaging neighborhoods in environmental and community improvement projects throughout the city. Last year, KIB engaged over 40,000 volunteers on over 500 projects around the city. The mission of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is to unite people to build community and transform public spaces through aesthetic and environmental improvement. To learn more, visit www.kibi.org or follow us onfacebook.com/kibiorg or twitter.com/kibiorg.