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Twin Peaks 4H Club receives Keep Texas Beautiful Youth and Educator Award

June 8th, 2017 under Community
(photo by CARRIE HUBBARD) From left, Mary-Anna Roberts, Avril Hubbard, Dominic Smith, Maya Mack, Patsy McWilliams (Keep Alpine Beautiful Coordinator), Tara Mack (parent volunteer), Lucy Mack, Bobbie Roberts, Nora Hubbard, Violet Mack (smallest child in front).

(photo by CARRIE HUBBARD)
From left, Mary-Anna Roberts, Avril Hubbard, Dominic Smith, Maya Mack, Patsy McWilliams (Keep Alpine Beautiful Coordinator), Tara Mack (parent volunteer), Lucy Mack, Bobbie Roberts, Nora Hubbard, Violet Mack (smallest child in front).

ALPINE – Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) announced the Brewster County Twin Peaks 4H Club as the First Place winner of the 2017 Youth Leadership – Ruthe Jackson Awards Program – Civic Level award on May 16, 2017.

The Youth Leadership – Ruthe Jackson Awards Program – Civic Level award is one of 11 categories in the Keep Texas Beautiful Youth & Educator Awards and recognizes the efforts and leadership of young people and youth-oriented organizations who beautify their community and create cleaner, greener campuses, parks, and neighborhoods. A full list of award winners can be found at www.ktb.org.

Each year, Keep Texas Beautiful recognizes the efforts of young people, educators, and educational institutions that promote beautification, waste reduction and litter prevention through environmental education and community activism. The Brewster County Twin Peaks 4H Club has gone above and beyond in their efforts to do just that. The award year looks at efforts by nominees from June 2016 through May 2017.

While other young people were enjoying a lazy summer, Twin Peaks 4H members were cleaning up trash at Balmorhea State Park and in downtown Alpine.  Once school was back in session, members volunteered after school to load, sort and stack electronics for Keep Alpine Beautiful’s Fall Electronics Recycling Event. They also worked hard over their spring break to recycle electronics again.

For One Day 4H (a national 4H community service event), members of Twin Peaks 4H repainted worn and faded “Got your Bags?” stencils at both Porter’s grocery stores and Morrison’s True Value Hardware Store.  The following Saturday, youth passed out donated reusable bags at the Fall Festival on Murphy Street to further emphasize the mission of reducing the numbers of plastic bags used.

For the 2017 Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-off, the Twin Peaks 4H club challenged other organizations to help Keep Alpine Beautiful by cleaning up their neighborhoods and roadways. The Club cleaned a very visible area behind Sonic Drive-In. Eight youth and two adult volunteers cleaned up 12 bags of trash after school that day!

The Brewster County Twin Peaks 4H Club supports the Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep Alpine Beautiful missions: “To educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment.” The 4-H vision is evidence of that: “Turning ideas into action, 4-H youth are becoming everyday heroes who persevere through challenges to leave lasting, positive impacts on their communities.” This can be seen in commitment to trash clean-ups and the One Day 4H program. Adults mentor 4H youth teaching them to be good stewards of their community and environment. 4H youth in turn teach their friends, classmates, and even other adults through their actions.

The Brewster County Twin Peaks 4H Club will be recognized at the Keep Texas Beautiful Conference on June 14 in San Antonio. In addition to a certificate recognizing their hard work, the club will also receive a $100 award.

For more information about Keep Alpine Beautiful please call 432-294-3183 or email alpinerecycles@ci.alpine.tx.us. Info about 4H, call 432-244-8172.

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