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Contact Info Keep Columbus Beautiful
1265 Marion Road 
Columbus, OH 43207 
Office :  (614) 645-2421 
Fax :  (614) 645-7747 
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KCB Education Opportunities

Education Opportunities

Keep Columbus Beautiful (KCB) offers presentations, activities, partnerships, and teacher workshops that can be used in a classroom setting or with a group.

Our goal is to introduce in-school educational programs that develop socially responsible behavior and community pride by engaging students in service projects as partners with adult area residents and civic leaders.


Fort Hayes Litter Free School Zone Video

  • PICK IT UP!! is a curriculum-based litter activity guide available to Columbus City elementary school teachers. The guide includes activities from Keep America Beautiful, Inc. Waste In Place and the state of OHIO Windows on Waste and Super Saver Investigator materials. 
  • Activities help shape social behavior, promote litter prevention and community pride and service. 
  • Activities are interdisciplinary, designed for integration into school subject areas.
  • View the Education brochure.

The Wartville Wizard-3rd Grade Litter Literacy

  • The colorful children’s story book The Wartville Wizardby Don Madden is read to third grade students in Columbus City Schools by trained volunteers (retired teachers, police community liaisons) followed by a classroom discussion of litter and approved instructional activities. 

  • The Wartville Wizard animated CD Rom version is utilized during the summer in the PICK IT UP service-learning challenge at City of Columbus Recreation Centers summer camp programs and the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Summer reading program.
  • The lesson raises student awareness about litter and social responsibility.

Middle School (6-8)


  • The Design Challenge is a five week process of developing critical thinking that will design a solution to challenging real-world community issue. “Up Your AlleyTude” asks students to bring a solution to the problem of alley litter while learning about the city’s waste management system.

The Trouble With Litter

  • Keep Columbus Beautiful’s interactive presentation that raises middle school students awareness about litter as an issue
  • Lesson shares litter data and teaches the who, what, why, and where of littering
  • The presentation explains the “Broken Window Theory” and the impact of litter on neighborhoods and the environment
  • Introduced to Three Words About Litter…Pick It Up!!, the presentation reinforces students social responsibility for the care of our neighborhoods

High School 

  • Columbus City High Schools agree to a two-year commitment to build pride keep their school inside and campus grounds and surrounding neighborhood litter-free. An official City sign is put in the public right of way. The Columbus City High Schools receive gloves, litter grabbers, vests, trash containers, promotional yard signs, and promotional PICK IT UP buttons. 

 Litter Free School sign   

Elementary, Middle and High School (PreK-12)

School Community Service Learning Day

  • Students clean-up litter on the school grounds and surrounding neighborhood
  • Each grade “adopts” an area to clean-up
  • KCB provides the trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and litter grabbers
  • The day starts with a “litter pep rally”
  • Students are chaperoned by teachers and parents
  • While picking up litter students are asked to identify litter sources and solutions
  • The clean-up is followed by a “litter audit” to identify what is being littered
  • Students are asked to take the “PICK IT UP!!” litter pledge

Adult Education

Litter Prevention

  • Presentation for high school, college, and adult audiences
  • Uses data from Keep America Beautiful’s national study on litter and littering behavior
  • Describes our litter problem and its consequences for communities and the environment
  • Designed to reinforce individual responsibility for the care of our communities
  • Explains how the services offered by KCB are building better neighborhoods

Waste Reduction and Recycling

Teacher Workshops

Waste In Place (WIP)

  • Activities from Keep America Beautiful, Inc. Waste In Place (Grades PreK-6)
  • Designed with assistance from education advisors and community leaders
  • Lessons on litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, composting, waste-to-energy and landfills are easily integrated into school subject areas such as science, social studies, language arts, mathematics, art, and music
  • Students acquire knowledge, information, and skills to make informed and responsible decisions

Elementary School (PreK-5)

  • - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink
    • A 45-minute, interactive presentation that combines PowerPoint slides and actual examples
    • Designed for classroom or multi-classroom size audiences
    • Students learn how to throw away less, conserving renewable and nonrenewable resources
    • Reinforces individual responsibility for the care and sustainability of our urban environment

Adult Education

Integrated Solid Waste Management

  • A presentation created for high school, college, and adult audiences ideal for neighborhood groups)
  • Explains management of solid waste generated by households, businesses, and institutions
  • Describes how much waste we generate and the five methods of managing our waste
  • Shows how consumers can reduce the amount of waste they generate and dispose

For more information about our educational programs please contact KCB at 614-645-2421