Keep Louisiana Beautiful announced this week that they are awarding KMB a $7,500 grant for all the cleanup efforts they do in the parish.

Keep Morehouse Beautiful is going above and beyond in efforts for cleaning up the community, but they are now making it a point to recognize others doing it. Keep Louisiana Beautiful announced this week that they are awarding KMB a $7,500 grant for all the cleanup efforts they do in the parish. “This is a reimbursement grant for the funding of the dumpsters that were provided for area residents to recycle and dispose of various material,” said KMB secretary-treasurer Terri Foster. “We apply for these grants every year and are often awarded different amounts.” KLB is an organization that is committed to litter prevention, waste reduction and recycling by funding programs emphasizing education, enforcement and cleanups. KMB will also use the money to purchase new trash receptacles for Bayou Bartholomew access ramps. “We’re constantly looking for areas that need attention in our efforts to make the parish more beautiful,” Foster said. The organization’s efforts have also reached out to other organizations in the parish by presenting them with beautification awards. For the first time since KMB has been in existence, they are awarding “Thumbs-Up Awards” – the first to two local organizations: St. John Baptist Church and New Birth CME Church. “Vicki Carpenter [KMB executive director] drives through the west end of Bastrop every day,” Foster said. “She brought it to our attention that these places had improved tremendously so we wanted to do something special for them.” St. John Baptist Church, owner of Mcio Head Start, was recognized for all the improvements it members have done to the educational day care. Over the past month the facility has received a new coat of paint and renovations to the hallway and bathrooms. New Birth CME Church, which is located on the west end of Bastrop, burned down in June of 2011. Over the past year, church members have worked to rebuild it. Eddie Ray Goldspy, NB CME member, has overseen much of the construction. “It’s 100 percent better,” Goldspy said. “I feel really great about it.” Ninety-two-year-old Anner B. Campbell is the oldest member in the church. “I feel like this is such a blessing, what we’ve overcome,” Campbell said. “I thank God for everything that has happened.” NB CME member Barbara Brooks said the congregation has been attending two of their sister churches while waiting on theirs to be rebuilt. “A lot of the members have been going to Oak Grove CME in Mer Rouge and St. Mary CME, right down the street,” Brooks said. “We had a special sermon last week, just for the members, but we plan to be open for regular services very soon. This is like our home, we want to have it in order for guests, while remembering to focuses on the real reason we’re here.” Foster said KMB plans to award a different organization every month “for improvements they do to their establishment to make themselves and the parish look better.”