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Public Education & Outreach
Education and outreach initiatives are a core component to the objectives of Keep Allen Beautiful. For a complete list of education programs available to youth groups, service organizations and clubs, please reference the annual Education & Outreach Guide. In addition to a comprehensive list of environmental programs, this guide includes all free programs offered through the various City departments and partner organizations. 

Be sure to check KAB News & Announcements for details about annual education activities and community events. For more information about individual education programs or the annual education activities listed below, contact Andrea Smith at 214.509.4552.

Recycled Art Contest
Every year, in conjunction with Allen Recycles Day, the City of Allen and Keep Allen Beautiful host the Recycled Art Contest for AISD students during the month of October. The 2014 theme was: “Recycle Your Cartons!  When the contents are gone, let the carton live on!”  Top entries were chosen and forwarded by the schools for display and judging at City Hall.  Overall winners were chosen in each grade category, and the awards ceremony took place on November 8.  List of 2014 winners.

Arbor Day Poster Contest 
The Arbor Day Poster Contest engages 4th and 5th grade students in designing and creating posters according to the concepts and theme associated with the annual Arbor Day Celebration. The posters are submitted to KAB and judged. Local winners are recognized at Allen City Council and the first place winner receives recognition at his/her school, with a tree planted in their honor. The contest is sponsored each Fall.

The theme for this year's contest is "Trees are Cities and Towns!"  Please make sure that all information and lesson plans used incorporates this year's theme.

A one-page information sheet with all pertinent information regarding the contest should be used in conjunction with the Arbor Day Poster Contest Lesson Plan.  The Lesson Plan is a comprehensive document that has easy-to-follow instructions in a step by step format.  Lessons, activities and student handouts are all contained within and ready to take to class!

Reuse-a-Shoe Contest
Reuse-a-shoe contestEvery Spring, Keep Allen Beautiful and The Shoe Bank host the Reuse-a-Shoe Contest! Allen ISD school campuses (K-12) compete to see which school can bring in the most gently-used shoes to donate to The Shoe Bank to be distributed to those in need. The school collecting the most pairs per capita wins a Grand Prize!  

In addition, the City of Allen also participates in the Reuse-a-Shoe Contest in conjunction with the AISD by offering community collection sites at City Hall, the Allen Public Library, the Senior Recreation Center, Joe Farmer Recreation Center, and Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium. 

Advanced Scout Projects
For any scouts interested in developing projects for their Eagle Project or Order of the Arrow service-work, the Guidelines for Advanced Scout Projects have been established in order to assist them in finding city employees interested in supporting their projects. Keep Allen Beautiful Vice-Chair, Mardy Brown, is the current Scouting Liaison to KAB. For additional information, contact Casey Bennett at 214.509.4555.

Stage 3 Water Restrictions
Every drop continues to count - Stage 3 Water Restrictions remain in effect.