Eureka Springs wins Arkansas Shine Award

   

Eureka Springs wins Arkansas Shine Award
8/9/2013 3:33:44 PM

Eureka Springs is one of six Arkansas cities that were recently named Arkansas Shine Awards Program Winners by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

Eureka Springs is one of six Arkansas cities that were recently named Arkansas Shine Awards Program Winners by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. The Arkansas Shine Awards recognized communities that are making significant strides in providing programs and instituting policies to create sustainable communities. The other winning cities were Augusta, Camden, Fayetteville, Hot Springs, and Lowell,

One of Eureka Springs' most important environmental projects has been the America in Bloom national beautification competition. The Eureka Springs High School's butterfly garden, a natural wildlife habitat site, was part of the City's entry in this national competition. The Eureka Springs High School EAST Program planted, and with the Eureka Springs High School Environmental Club, continues to maintain the butterfly garden. The butterfly garden was funded with grants from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Carroll County Community Foundation, Walton Foundation and the Weyerhaeuser Foundation.
In a reception hosted by KAB, Eureka Springs' community leaders, volunteers and EAST students were presented with the Arkansas Shine Award.

"By showcasing these accomplishments, Keep Arkansas Beautiful honors the pride and spirit that produces noteworthy activities, salutes community leaders and selfless volunteers whose work makes it happen, and spotlights outstanding achievements that we hope will stimulate similar programs in communities around Arkansas," said Robert Phelps, director of KAB. Landscaped parks, natural and architectural beauty, historic preservation and a litter-free environment are all components of keeping Eureka Springs attractive. In addition, Eureka Springs has been successful in its preservation of natural and architectural beauty with funding from state and federal grants.

The EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) Program encourages students to use high-end technologies to develop and implement service-based community projects. While working on these community projects, students develop technological skills in self-directed learning, teamwork, problem solving, communication, research and evaluation.

In a reception hosted by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB) Commission, Eureka Springs' community leaders, volunteers and EAST students were presented with the Arkansas Shine Award. From left: KAB Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Wruck, Eureka Springs City Mayor Danni Joy, KAB Director Robert Phelps, Eureka Springs American in Bloom Committee Chairperson Georgette Gardner, Eureka Springs High School EAST Student Madison, Eureka Springs High School Environmental Club President Abbie, and Eureka Springs Economic Development Coordinator Glenna Booth. Eureka Springs was one of 6 cities recently named Arkansas Shine Awards Program Winner by the KAB, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. The Arkansas Shine Awards recognize communities that are making significant strides in providing programs and instituting policies to create sustainable communities.

For more information about the EAST Program and how you can help support the Program, please contact Amy Glover Bryant at Amy@EASTproject.org or Eureka Springs EAST Program Facilitator Mila Lynne Floro at 253-2936 or 253-8875.

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