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1. Keep texarkana beautiful City of Texarkana, Texas
2. Keep Texarkana Beautiful
To educate and engage Texans to take
responsibility for improving
their community environment.
3. Keep texarkana beautiful Focus Areas
4. Recent projects Community Education & Beautification
Arbor Day Tree Give-away – 650 trees
Trees provided by Texarkana Water Utilities
Containers provided by BWI, Inc.
5. Recent projects Student Education & Beautification
Save the Earth, Plant a Tree
6. Save the earth, plant a tree
Classroom study of the environmental, economic, and social value of trees
Reading of The Giving Tree by guest community leaders
Planting of classroom trees on campuses and in parks
Each student received a seedling to plant at home or in one of the parks
7. CURRICULUM GUIDE
Developed under the direction of Dr. Rosanne Stripling
by Lori Ables, Curriculum Coordinator for TISD, and her team.
8. Save the earth, plant a tree
9. Save the Earth, Plant a tree
C.K. Bender Elementary
10. Keep texarkana beautiful
Christus St. Michael Health System
Collom & Carney Clinic
Guaranty Bond Bank
McDonalds (Texamac, Inc.)
FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT!
12. Keep Texarkana beautiful An economic development and quality of life issue
Trash promotes crime
Trash promotes drugs
Trash influences community self-image
Trash decreases property values
Landscape and maintain entrances to city
Reflects PRIDE in our city
Makes businesses want to be a part of our community
Trees and Landscape
Greenery = 48% fewer property crimes/56% fewer violent crimes
Landscaped stores have increased sales by 11%
Streets with trees have a higher revenue by 12%
13. Broken windows theory
Physical and social disorder in a neighborhood lead to increased crime.
If one broken window is allowed to remain in a neighborhood, bigger acts of disorderly behavior will follow.
14. Opportunities for positive change Education
15. Proposed Future projects Beautification
Be proactive in working with Texas Department of Transportation to insure that landscape budgets for I-30 are used to our City’s greatest benefit
Teach litter prevention to our school children
Hold community clean-up days
Provide more attractive public waste/recycling containers
Waste Reduction = Recycling
Partner with Waste Management to increase public awareness regarding recycling