Five local affiliates of Keep America Beautiful, including the Keep Morristown Hamblen Beautiful program recently debuted the latest innovation aimed at gaining more attention to its program.
The mobile classroom, an interactive educational center on wheels dedicated to the teaching efforts of Keep America Beautiful, was presented last month to government officials in Nashville.
Last week, it made its first of many stops in Morristown at the KMHB headquarters.
The classroom is a partnership between the Keep America Beautiful affiliates in Morristown, Bristol, Johnson City, Kingsport and Greene County. Each entity will be able to use the classroom to support educational efforts in their area.
The mobile classroom is made entirely of green and environmental friendly products and is able to run on solar power, coming with two solar panels to provide electricity.
The classroom is interactive with multiple touch screens and quiz games related to waste and recycling efforts that are educational for all ages.
Debi Brown, director of KMHB, said the classroom would be an invaluable resource going forward that could be used at schools and also community events to raise awareness of KMHB’s mission.
“The mobile classroom is an innovative way to refresh the anti-litter message in an interactive way that we hope will be more constructive in reaching people to change their ways,” Brown said.
“The Mobile classroom allows us to expand our educational programs to reach areas beyond a traditional classroom,” Robin Cleary of Keep Kingsport Beautiful said.
The affiliates hope the mobile classroom will reach a first year goal of 50,000 people educated on litter reduction and recycling.
“The hands-on educational value of the mobile classroom provides flexibility for children to learn at their own pace,” Jennifer Reynolds of Keep Greene Beautiful said.
The affiliates hope by educating children and the general public they may see measurable results in decreased amounts of litter and increased recycling in communities reached.
The collaborative effort is the first of its kind and size for the Keep Tennessee Beautiful state program.
The classroom was purchased and completed through a $25,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
The 7 by 14 foot trailer that is the classroom will cover a four county, five city, two state region with a metropolitan size of almost 250,000.
The mobile classroom will be back in Morristown for the annual Christmas parade. Anyone who would like the classroom to visit an event or festival can call KMHB for scheduling at 423-586-6422.
-From Staff Reports