Through a collaborative effort unlike any before seen in Tennessee, Keep Greene Beautiful has joined other Northeast Tennessee Keep America Beautiful (KAB) affiliates to provide thousands of students with an experience in learning about litter reduction and recycling.
With a $25,000 Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) grant, Keep Greene Beautiful Director Jennifer Reynolds joined KAB directors from Bristol, Johnson City, Kingsport and Morristown to purchase a mobile classroom that showcases exhibitions powered by solar panels.
The trailer features a flat-screen television, interactive videos and games, and informational boards to make students' learning experiences engaging and exciting, a news release said.
A group of 262 local students had their introduction to this learning tool at the Keep Greene Beautiful Fifth Grade Conservation Camp Oct. 8-9 at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park.
The trailer will also be featured in future visits to local schools to promote awareness of litter reduction and recycling.
Keep Tennessee Beautiful informed the area directors that this was the first collaborative effort of this size in the state, and that to reach their projected outreach goal of 50,000 people would be an effort that had never been accomplished before statewide.
By educating children and the general public, the directors expect to see measurable results in decreased amounts of litter and increased amounts of recycling in their communities.
For more information or to schedule a mobile classroom visit, contact Reynolds at the Greene County Partnership, 638-4111.