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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Take pride in your community and don't litter. That's the message the Keep Bakersfield Beautiful campaign is carrying to schools in an effort to teach kids and young adults to take the extra step to put trash in trash cans.
"It's crucial for our future that we start educating kids in school and train them on good habits," Luda Fishman of Keep Bakersfield Beautiful said Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
The campaign earned a National Community Improvement Award at the Keep America Beautiful convention in Charlotte, N.C., this month.
Ray Scott, newly named director of Keep California Beautiful, said it was the hard work of volunteers and staff that made the award possible.
"It's all about collaborators who create opportunities," Scott said.
He was referring to the freeway cleanup program that began May 3 last year. It's made up of clients from the Bakersfield Homeless Center who pick up litter.
Both Fishman and Scott said states across the country are looking at Bakersfield's freeway cleanup program as a potential model to use in their cities.
Although Keep Bakersfield Beautiful helps schools with composting and recycling programs, Fishman said attitudes need to change.
"We can pick up litter every day but until the habits change, littering is not going to stop," she said.
If you would like to volunteer for clean-ups, visit www.keepbakersfieldbeautiful.us. You can find information in the calendar and also on the Greater Bakersfield Green Expo link.