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Staff Blog: How Youth Can Spring into Action to Keep Texas Beautiful

Spring is just around the corner and at Keep Texas Beautiful we have many ways to get youth involved in keeping Texas beautiful. From contests to clean-ups, check out all the ways youth and youth groups can participate this spring!

Don't mess with Texas® Art K-12 Art Contest

Texas students currently enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade are invited to participate in the Texas Department of Transportation and Keep Texas Beautiful's Don't mess with Texas K-12 Art Contest! The artwork will be displayed in the 2020 Don't mess with Texas Calendar. There will be 13 winners from all across the state of Texas who who will a $100 visa gift card and their teachers will win a $100 HEB gift card. Send in your submission quick because the art contest will close on April 18, 2019! To learn more about the contest and rules, please visit our website. Educators, parents, and affiliates are encouraged to participate in the upcoming webinar about the Art Calendar Contest on Thursday, March 7 at 4pm. Click here to register for the webinar now!

Don't mess with Texas Scholarship
The 2019 Don't mess with Texas Scholarship is currently accepting applications from Texas high school seniors, who are planning to pursue a two- or four-year degree at a Texas college or University. This scholarship recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who have taken a leadership role to prevent litter in their school and/or community. One $8,000 grand prize scholarship, one $6,000 scholarship and two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded this June 18, 2019. Applications must be received online or postmarked by 5 p.m. (CST) March 29, 2019. If you're interested in applying, please visit the TxDOT website.

Keep Texas Beautiful Youth Awards
Nominations for the 2019 Keep Texas Beautiful Awards recognize the efforts made by youth and educators working to improve and beautify their communities. The Ruthe Jackson Awards honor youth and youth organizations, and nominations will open on March 5, 2019 and close on April 2, 2019. Winners will receive a cash prize and recognition at the annual Keep Texas Beautiful Conference in Rockwall, Texas. 

KTB Patch Program
The Keep Texas Beautiful Patch Program is designed for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire youth or other youth group members to earn patches by participating in KTB events. This spring, youth can earn patches by participating in the Great American Clean-Up or Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off. KTB currently offers 5 different patches, so check out our website to learn other ways your youth group can earn a patch!

Scout Pack
If your scout troop is looking to earn their Soil and Water Conservation Badge, or complete the It's Your Planet- Love It Journey, consider having your youth participate in the Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off. You'll not only help the environment, but also receive our patch and free supplies! The Don't mess with Texas Trash-Off takes place all April, so get started on planning your clean-up now. Check out all the great supplies your scout troop will get to help with the clean-up!

 We hope you can use one or more of these ways to connect with Keep Texas Beautiful and the environment this Spring!

​Blog Post Written By Sara Walters, Program Manager.  


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