Each year, the volunteer and education outreach efforts dedicated to the beautification and environmental health of Allen, as well as the results, shine with several Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) Awards. Nominations are compiled by and submitted through Keep Allen Beautiful (KAB).
Allen High School Senior, Cassidy Weigold, received Honorable Mention for the Ruthe Jackson Youth Leadership Award. This award recognizes the efforts and leadership of young people and youth-oriented organizations who beautify their community and create cleaner, greener campuses, parks and neighborhoods, thus making Texas a better place to live. Cassidy has been a dedicated volunteer in Allen and has made significant investments of time at all KAB events.
Sue Kacines, Boon Environmental Club originator and leader, received the Sade Ray Graff Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognizes those in the field of education who encourage or demonstrate efforts to promote the KTB mission through environmental education. Boon Elementary has become widely known in our community and beyond for its positive environmental outlook due to Sue's organization and coordination of their environmental educational efforts. In addition to supporting Boon's programs, Sue also provides invaluable support with KAB programs in our community.
Allen City Television was awarded Honorable Mention in the KTB Media Award category recognizing public awareness and education efforts. The public service announcement, Christmas Tree Recycling, developed by ACTV Video Producer Scott Evans and Education Specialist Casey Bennett, highlights the importance and ease of recycling live Christmas trees with fun and imagination.
The Allen community was again recognized with Sustained Excellence in the Governor's Community Achievement Awards (GCAA), which recognize grassroots volunteer environmental programs, efforts to involve citizens, businesses, schools, local government and youth to keep their city, county or region beautiful. Having won this prestigious honor in 2011-12, it is another outstanding accomplishment that Allen continues to sustain a high level of excellence for our community.
KTB awards Gold Star Affiliate status to organizations adhering to a lengthy application process that compiles information on mission and goals, public education programs and partnerships, participation in KTB or GCAA programs and a letter of support from the community. This is the tenth year that KAB has achieved and been awarded the Gold Star Affiliate recognition.
To all of our volunteers, affiliates and organizations working together to keep Allen beautiful - Congratulations!