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As part of its ongoing Schools and Youth Outreach programming, Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) attended Career Day at Thomas Haley Elementary School on Friday, May 8.  Board member Margie Stipes and KIB staff member Julie Schmitt spoke to three classes of first and second graders about what it’s like to work or volunteer for KIB.  Approximately 60 children learned about KIB’s activities in the three focus areas of litter prevention, beautification and recycling, and were shown several items made from recycled materials.  Students also got the chance to spin the KIB prize wheel and answer questions about recycling and the environment.  They also learned about the KIB mascot Kirby, whose name stands for “Keep Irving recycling and Beautiful Year-Round.”


“I always look forward to the chance to represent Keep Irving Beautiful, and I especially enjoy going to the schools,” said Mrs. Stipes.  “The children here at Thomas Haley were very interested in learning about our organization, asked a lot of good questions, and of course they enjoyed seeing our mascot Kirby.  Wherever we go, he seems to be the star of the show.”


Keep Irving Beautiful is a non-profit, grassroots, leadership organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification in order to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city.  To find out how you can volunteer, go to or call the KIB office at 972-721-2175.

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