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Texans Encouraged to Apply for Statewide Awards Honoring Youth and Educators

Applications now being accepted for the 2016 Keep Texas Beautiful Youth and Educator Awards

 [AUSTIN] – Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Keep Texas Beautiful Youth and Educator Awards. The award program honors extraordinary Texas students, educators and volunteers working to improve and beautify their communities. Awards are given in a number of categories to elementary through college-level youth, as well as educators and youth organizers.

The Ruthe Jackson Youth Leadership Awards recognize the outstanding efforts made by youth whose accomplishments are bringing about cleaner, more beautiful campuses, parks and communities.

The Sadie Ray Graff Awards recognize those in the field of education who encourage or demonstrate efforts to promote the Keep Texas Beautiful mission of educating and engaging Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment.

In addition to the award recognition, a $100 cash prize is awarded to the recipient at a local presentation. Winners will also be invited to share information on their winning project at the Keep Texas Beautiful 49th Annual Conference in Sugar Land scheduled for June 20-22, 2016.

KTB will host a free webinar on Thursday, April 28 at 11:00 am to review the basics of nominating someone for the Youth and Educator Awards. Topics include: why recognition is important, how to nominate someone, and what the judges look for when selecting the winners. The webinar is open to all, but pre-registration is required. Registration is available online at http://www.ktb.org/get-involved/calendar.aspx?pageid=1836.

Applications are available online at www.ktb.org, or call 1-800-CLEAN-TX to request a copy. Applications are due to Keep Texas Beautiful on Tuesday, May 3 by 5:00 pm.