Keep Islip Clean

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Keep Islip Clean (KIC) is a non-for-profit, volunteer organization that seeks to promote community beautification throughout the hamlets of Islip , New York on Long Island. The program is one of the largest of its kind covering the entire township of Islip (pop. 322,612).

History

The organization was formed in the late 1980s largely in response to the infamous Mobro 4000 Garbage Barge incident. The KIC commissioners are concerned citizens from each of Islip's 18 hamlets who represent their own individual communities and act as the liaison between KIC, local groups and their community.

KIC has developed many different programs designed to help Islip achieve its goal at being a model for a litter-free community. KIC is an affiliate Keep America Beautiful.

Earth Day Initiative

KIC organizes a massive volunteer effort every Earth Day to clean up wetlands along the Orowoc Creek in Islip , New York. The program has been credited with mobilizing many youths in the area to get involved in community affairs.

Educational Curriculum

KIC first devised an educational curriculum in the late 1990s. It consists of an elementary level program which includes lesson plans on volunteerism, litter prevention, environmental stewardship and graffiti prevention as well as activities and resources to assist classroom teachers in integrating KIC's goals of encouraging civic values and community service into their class' year of local studies. The curriculum was featured on News 12 Long Island...
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