Fort Worth, TX – Ana Gomez received a Keep America Beautiful Youth Recognition Award at the annual Keep America Beautiful National Awards program, which took place during the recent 2016 Keep America Beautiful National Conference in Orlando, Florida. Ana Gomez was nominated by her Polytechnic High School teacher Jamie Cox.
Ana Gomez distinguished herself for her outstanding community work at Polytechnic High School. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful consists of a national network of more than 600 community-based affiliates whose programs, initiatives and efforts, supported by millions of volunteers, help transform public spaces into beautiful places.
Ana, a junior at Polytechnic High School, has been working hard to keep Fort Worth beautiful since she joined her school’s Environmental Club as a freshman. She is in the Engineering Program of Choice program at Poly, which has a unit on Environmental Engineering. Ana totally embraced the unit when it was covered, and her concern for the environment increased immensely. Although new to campus, she immediately embraced the importance of reducing litter and “reducing, reusing, and recycling”. Her first litter cleanup experience for the community was the fall Trinity River Water District (TRWD) Trash Bash in 2013. She loved the opportunity to volunteer in her community, and it led her to volunteer for more cleanup activities in the Fort Worth Area. These include the Cowtown Great American Cleanup, additional TRWD Fall and Spring Trash Bashes, Poly Environmental Club’s Weekly Trash Bash on campus, and cleaning Sycamore Park through her schools monthly Adopt a Park cleanup program.
“Ana has been attending Keep Fort Worth Beautiful board meetings since last summer as well as participating on periodic calls with Keep America Beautiful and is enthusiastically working to make her high school a litter free campus. It is exciting to watch!” said Debbie Branch of Keep Fort Worth Beautiful.
The Keep America Beautiful Youth Recognition Awards are open to individuals, youth groups or schools for program activities taking place in the past year.
“Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards celebrates some of our country’s most dedicated community leaders – representatives from our affiliates and partner organizations – who personify the words imagine, inspire and transform through the work they help lead every day to keep America beautiful in local communities nationwide,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO, Jennifer Jehn. “It’s my privilege to honor Ana Gomez and celebrate her dedication to making their community become more socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound through the Keep Fort Worth Beautiful program.”
Keep America Beautiful’s National Conference, its premier educational and networking event, brought together more than 350 leaders from Keep America Beautiful’s national network of more than 600 state and community-based affiliates, business leaders, policymakers and other experts who shared innovative ideas and proven strategies to help end littering, improve recycling, and beautify America’s communities.
About Keep Fort Worth Beautiful
The mission of Keep Fort Worth Beautiful (KFWB) is to educate and engage Fort Worth residents and businesses to take responsibility for improving their community environment. KFWB programs include backyard composting classes, America Recycles Day (formally known as Shred Day) and the Fort Worth Earth Party. The signature event of Keep Fort Worth Beautiful is the Cowtown Great American Cleanup – now in its 31st year. In addition KFWB will also provide litter cleanup supplies to any community group conducting a cleanup at any time throughout the year. To learn more visit the webpage at www.fortworthtexas.gov/KFWB. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook.
About Keep America Beautiful
At Keep America Beautiful, we want to ensure that beauty is our lasting signature. A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. We envision a country where every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering in America, improve recycling in America, and beautify America’s communities. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. To learn how you can donate or take action, visit kab.org. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.