Local Organizations Honored For Their Pledge To Keep America Clean

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- A local organization tasked with cleaning up the country, honored its partners who are keeping that pledge alive.

Keep America Beautiful--Topeka--Shawnee County honored twelve local organizations with ten national awards honoring their commitment to litter prevention and waste reduction.

The local Keep America Beautiful affiliate received a second place national award for its community improvement efforts and its work with Lowes in disaster restoration following a tornado in Harveyville.

"We were so blessed and so privileged to receive that many national awards. I think maybe five was the most we ever gotten. And then also our local affiliate received three awards and we placed second in the nation for our affiliate, which is a total reflection of what the volunteers are doing," Philicia McKee, Keep America Beautiful.

The following groups were honored with national honors:

Shawnee County Solid Waste
Shawnee County Parks and Recreation
Shawnee County Master Gardeners
Lowe's Home Improvement
Waste Management of Kansas
Payless Shoesource
Friends of Dornwood
Eisenhower Middle School
Highland Park High School