Author Archives: Keep Genesee County Beautiful

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Recycle Bowl

Category : Beautification


Community Education Initiative site Doyle Ryder Elementary School Wins $5,000 in Keep Genesee County Beautiful Recycling Contest

FLINT, Michigan – Doyle Ryder Elementary School turned trash into treasure during Keep Genesee County Beautiful’s 7th annual Recycle-Bowl competition. KGCB collaborated with Flint’s Community Education Initiative, coordinated by the Crim Fitness Foundation in partnership with the Flint Community Schools to host the contest. Through Recycle-Bowl Flint schools recycled more than 10,500 pounds of trash!

As part of a national campaign to increase recycling in schools, Flint Community Schools competed against one another to recycle the most materials and win up to $5,000, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Walmart Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, the PepsiCo Foundation and Nestlé Waters North America.

Doyle Ryder came in first place with 10,596.53 pounds of recycling. Brownell STEM Academy earned second place with 2,074.95 pounds of recycling and won $3,000. Freeman Elementary came in third place with 2,038.37 pounds and received a prize of $1,500.

“Recycle-Bowl provided Flint students with ‘teachable moments’ about the benefits of recycling, while inspiring them, their teachers and school administrators to recycle more,” said Holly Shaker, Recycling Education Coordinator of Keep Genesee County Beautiful. “The competition served as a fun, friendly way for Flint students to learn and recycle more.”

Recycle-Bowl participants tracked how much material (cardboard, empty water bottles and paper) they collected during a four-week timeframe. The competition was part of an overall recycling awareness and education program coordinated by Keep America Beautiful and Keep Genesee County Beautiful.

“Through participation in Recycle-Bowl and America Recycles Day, the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to celebrating recycling in the U.S., Keep America Beautiful is helping communities spotlight recycling on a local level by educating students and community members on how and what to recycle,” said Keep America Beautiful Senior Vice President/Recycling Brenda Pulley.

About Keep America Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, we strive to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is our cornerstone. We empower generations of community stewards to deliver measurable environmental, economic and social benefits. The organization is driven by more than 600 state and local Affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities and government officials. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at


About Keep Genesee County Beautiful

Keep Genesee County Beautiful encourages, educates and engages residents in creating beautiful, clean, sustainable neighborhoods, parks and open spaces throughout the City of Flint and Genesee County. Our goal is to improve communities, their environment and quality of life, by cultivating personal responsibility in our citizens, with recycling being an essential part of that goal. Keep Genesee County Beautiful became Michigan’s first affiliate of Keep America Beautiful in April 2004, has received the prestigious national President’s Circle Award for 13 consecutive years and received Keep America Beautiful’s 2016 National Innovation Award. In January 2016, KGCB became an official program of Genesee County Parks. Please join us on Facebook, Twitter and at


About Flint’s Community Education Initiative

The Community Education Initiative, with more than 70 community partners, is a district-wide strategy coordinated by the Crim Fitness Foundation to establish public schools as neighborhood hubs, helping to create stronger families, healthier neighborhoods, higher performing schools and higher rates of student academic achievement and success.​




Mike Rosen / Holly Shaker / Theresa Roach
Keep America Beautiful / Keep Genesee County Beautiful/ Crim Fitness Foundation
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Sarvis Park Build in Partnership with Lowe’s Heroes

Category : Beautification

Time lapses video of the build and cleanup. Going from the old park equipment and over grown woods, to the new playground and cleaned up forest area. All done in the fall of 2017.

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Sarvis Park Build

Category : Adopt-A-Park

The final park build of the 2017 season was arguably its largest in every conceivable way. With volunteers from Job Corps, Lowes Heroes of Burton, Freedom Work Opportunity of Genesee County, Life Challenge Ministry, Central Michigan University, Metro Flint Youth Build, Financial Plus Credit Union, and area neighbors, over three hundred people worked across two days to complete a revamping of Sarvis Park. Three hundred volunteers do not suddenly appear out of thin air though, and before so many organizations came together for the task, one man looked at his childhood neighborhood and decided that he wanted to restore it for future generations.

Jermaine Turner, Sarvis Park’s main adopter, has helped maintain the space for over four years, and about two years ago entered talks with Keep Genesee County Beautiful’s Karen West to install a playground. “We never have gotten that many people for one project,” said Turner. “I was really glad that people came out and supported us, because without the people this could never have happened. It’s been amazing.” It was important to Turner to install the playground, but just as important to the neighborhood he’s called home since 1990. “Sarvis Park means a lot to that neighborhood. It’s a home away from home.”

The old axiom of “great things have small beginnings” feels necessary to the story of Sarvis Park. It is a demonstration to the care that we can take for our communities and how we can approach preserving our nostalgic past and hopeful future. When we see part of our community falling into disarray, we can and should take steps to do something about it. And while the playground build season has wrapped up for 2017, there is always next year to Adopt-A-Park.