- General Updates
- Litter Pickup Program
- General Updates
Keep Wise County Beautiful believes that education plays an extremely important role in reducing the amount of litter in our communities and in teaching our citizens the importance of recycling.
We have developed several environmental education programs for our citizens and school children. The main one is our school education sub-committee. This education sub-committee is composed of at least one teacher per school within Wise County and the City of Norton. With their assistance, we hold various litter prevention and recycling events inside the school such as: The Can Kruncher Game, an Aluminum Can Recycling contest, a Trash to Treasures contest, a Poster contest, a Plastic Bag Recycling contest, and a Telephone Book Recycling contest. We develop these and other events according to current SOL’s.
We also have a special school litter prevention program called “Critters Don’t Need litter”! This program is for all of the 2nd graders in our county schools. We have the Wildlife Center of Virginia, an animal hospital based in Charlottesville, VA. , bring some of their wild animals to the schools. These are animals which have been injured in some way by litter. This is an extremely effective way of teaching our children the importance of not littering. The kids really enjoy the animals and they learn an important lesson in the process.
KWCB also has a mobile recycling education trailer. This is a fully enclosed 35 foot trailer that is loaded with different stations that teach our citizens all about recycling. It also has an audio visual panel we use to show short video clips and public service announcements. the trailer is set up with air conditioning and heat which makes it usable almost year round.
Curby is the newest member of KWCB and the newest employee of the Wise County Litter Control Department. Curby is a fully interactive robot that teaches children the importance of recycling and litter prevention. He can hear what the children say and responds to their questions. Curby likes to show off around kids and show them how smart he is when it comes to recycling. Children love to see Curby in action and they pay attention to what he says. Curby is a great educational tool for getting kids to pay attention to our message.
For more information on our environmental education programs or if you are interested in having KWCB put on a program please contact Greg Cross or Malissa McConnell at 276-328-1000, or use the contact to the right.