"Education is the starting point for changing attitudes and behaviors."

Keep America Beautiful's curricula teach the fundamentals of litter prevention, preserving our resources, responsible solid waste management, and how to reduce, reuse and recycle. Many KAB educational programs are sponsored by leading corporations, and are developed with the help of other national organizations and federal agencies. All programs are designed to be locally adaptable to meet the needs of individual communities.

In 2006, more than 1.75 million students of all ages were touched by either a KAB formal classroom or informal educational presentation. More than 6,600 teachers attended Waste in Place curriculum training sessions, learning how to use this invaluable classroom program and other KAB educational tools.

In addition to the curriculum guides, Keep America Beautiful reaches schools with stewardship messages through Web-based programs like Clean Sweep U.S.A., the Toolbox for Community Change and full-color classroom posters, such as the "236 Million Tons of Trash" poster.

Developed in 2005, Clean Sweep U.S.A. is a fun and engaging educational site designed to supplement middle school environmental education curriculum. Including teachers resources, Web content, links, and offline activities, the program is an integral part of lesson plans around the country. Contents include important lessons about litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, composting, landfills, and more. Through the generosity of Office Depot, the site will be getting a fresh, new look and new content later in 2007.

These tools build environmental knowledge, and foster stewardship, pride and individual responsibility among young people.

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