Featured Organization Friday: Keep Prince William Beautiful

Helping Our Kids to Love
The Environment
By Keep Prince William
Beautiful, www.kpwb.org

It is essential
to the future of our planet and to the future of our young people that they
learn to value our natural resources. Therefore, providing opportunities for
our youth to learn about and care for our environment becomes a vital step
towards maintaining and protecting our planet. With America Recycles Day around
the corner (November 15), below are some free and fun ideas to turn loving the
environment into family fun!
Things to do inside
1.    
Make
a game of conserving resources
a.    
Flip
that Switch! Have you kids practice turning the light switch on and off.  Put glow in the dark stickers on the light
switch so that kids look forward to turning the light off when they leave the
room.  Placing a portable stool near the
light switch will help children that can’t reach the switch on their own.
b.    
Beat
the Ding! Use a timer in the bathroom and challenge your kids to beat the ding
by cutting their shower and tooth brushing time to be complete before the timer
sounds off.  Make it a whole house
competition by tracking who is the fastest each week.
2.    
Read
environmental books at story-time. 
 
The
following books, and MANY MORE,  are
available through the Prince William County Library System:
a.    
Crinkleroot’s
guide to giving back to nature By: Arnosky, Jim. 
b.    
Katie
saves the Earth By: Manushkin, Fran. 
c.    
Recycle!
: a handbook for kids   By: Gibbons,
Gail.
3.    
Checkout
some of these safe online resources for games and activities.
4.    
Take
THE PLEDGE to recycle:
http://www.americarecyclesday.org/take-the-pledge
Things to do outside
1.    
Organize
a community cleanup
http://www.kpwb.org/Community-Cleanups.html
2.    
Adopt-a-
Spot
http://www.kpwb.org/Adopt-A-Spot.html
3.    
Carry
a plastic bag on walks, pick up litter along the way.
  Keep track of the types of items collected
and discuss better ways to dispose of these items and/or how to decrease these
types of waste. http://www.longwood.edu/cleanva/images/data_form_volunteer_icc.pdf
Things to do on
the go!
1.    
Carry
reusable containers
when traveling to cut back on disposables that will
increase landfill waste. 
2.    
Create
a car recycling bag
to ensure recyclables make it home and into the curbside
bin.
3.    
Spot
That LITTER!
Write down the intersection or address where you see litter in
Prince William County and email KPWB at info@kpwb.org
Snap a few photos and send those along to help KPWB evaluate the level
of litter for cleanup needs.
4.    
Join
KPWB on a Litter Survey
by riding along with other volunteers in a van to grade
the litter situation in Prince William County. 
Youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. http://www.kpwb.org/Litter-Surveys.html
5.    
Remember
your reusable shopping bags. 
 
*BONUS –
sign up to volunteer with KPWB at PWC Recycles Day (or any event where we are present with
a booth) and receive a free KPWB tote.
ABOUT KPWB
Keep Prince
William Beautiful (KPWB) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit environmental organization
that serves Prince William County. With a focus on partnering with residents,
businesses and government, KPWB aims to educate and inspire residents to be
environmental stewards in order to keep Prince William beautiful.
Currently KPWB
has seven programs with volunteer opportunities. Many programs have ongoing
volunteer opportunities for groups and families of various sizes and ages. No
matter what program a volunteer chooses to pursue, ALL of  these great programs have a lasting effect on
keeping Prince William Beautiful.
Along with the
ongoing programs and volunteer opportunities through KPWB, fun events and
opportunities to assist KPWB present themselves throughout the different months
of the year.
Specifically, in
the month of October, KPWB is having a fundraiser through the restaurant, Not
Your Average Joe’s, in Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge, Prince
William County.  Every TUESDAY throughout
October KPWB will receive 15% of your purchase when you mention you are there
for the cause and KPWB.
As already
mentioned by an earlier PWC Moms’ blog post, Prince William County Recycles Day
and Paper Shred is taking place on Saturday, October 19th, 10 am – 2
pm at the Landfill (14811 Dumfries Road, Manassas).
KPWB, along with its
current staff, volunteers, and Celebrity “Buster Bear” will be present and
taking part in all of the fun expected for this event. If you’re planning on
attending Recycles Day, definitely stop by and meet your friendly Prince
William County environmental non-profit, KPWB!
Keep Prince
William Beautiful 4391 Ridgewood Center Drive, Suite F,  Prince William, VA 22192
info@kpwb.org 
http://www.kpwb.org