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Public Education & Outreach
Education and outreach initiatives are key to the objectives of Keep Allen Beautiful (KAB). A complete list of educational programs are found in the annual Education & Outreach Guide. This guide includes all free programs offered through the City departments and partner organizations. 

Sign up for KAB News & Announcements for details about annual activities and community events. For more information about programs or activities, contact Andrea Smith at 214.509.4552.

Recycled Art Contest
Every year the City of Allen and Keep Allen Beautiful host the Recycled Art Contest for Allen ISD students. The contest takes place during the month of October, in conjunction with Allen Recycles Day. The 2014 theme was: “Recycle Your Cartons!  When the contents are gone, let the carton live on!”  Top entries were selected by schools and displayed for judging at City Hall. The award ceremony took place on November 8. See the list of 2014 winners.

Arbor Day Poster Contest 
In the Arbor Day Poster Contest, 4th and 5th grade students design and create posters according to the theme of the annual Arbor Day Celebration. KAB judges the posters. Local winners are recognized at Allen City Council. The first place winner receives recognition at his/her school, with a tree planted in their honor.

The theme for this year's contest is "Trees are Cities and Towns!"  An information sheet with contest details should be used in conjunction with the Arbor Day Poster Contest Lesson Plan.  The Lesson Plan is a comprehensive document with easy-to-follow instructions. Lessons, activities and student handouts are all included!  See the list of 2014 winners.

Kids Helping Kids Book Drive
This is an opportunity (via contest for a pizza party) for kids to share their love of reading with kids in Belize and Jamaica by donating books.  The contest will be held in February 2015.  Participants must register.  Kids Helping Kids

Reuse-a-Shoe Contest
Reuse-a-shoe contestEvery spring, Keep Allen Beautiful and The Shoe Bank host the Reuse-a-Shoe Contest. Allen ISD school campuses (K-12) compete to see which school can collect the most gently-used shoes to donate to The Shoe Bank. The school collecting the most pairs per capita wins a grand prize!

The City of Allen also participates in the Reuse-a-Shoe Contest by offering community collection sites at City Hall, the Allen Public Library, the Senior Recreation Center, Joe Farmer Recreation Center, and Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium.

Advanced Scout Projects
Scouts interested in developing projects for their Eagle Project or Order of the Arrow service work may reference the Guidelines for Advanced Scout Projects. These guidelines will help them find city employees interested in supporting their projects. Keep Allen Beautiful Vice-Chair Mardy Brown is the current Scouting Liaison to KAB. For additional information, call 214.509.4555.

Household Hazardous Waste
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