Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County Beautiful is like many of our Affiliates throughout the country who depend on volunteer leaders like Topeka’s Janet Rice.

Rice, a fixed asset specialist with Topeka Public Schools, was recently highlighted for her work in the community.

When not at her normal job, Rice is an active volunteer in multiple community organizations, including Keep America Beautiful-Topeka/Shawnee County Beautiful. She volunteers her time with KAB-TSC, the Topeka Police Department Ambassadors, Safe Streets, and serves as vice-president of the TPD’s Citizen Academy Ambassadors. Philicia McKee, executive director of KAB-TSC, said Rice has encouraged the Citizens Academy Ambassadors to help “Get Down and Get Dirty” for EarthDay, as well as helping with a recycling grant program at the Capital City Food Festival this year.

“I enjoy helping in the community.” Rice said. “Volunteering gives me opportunities that I might not otherwise have to meet people and experience new things. It is personally rewarding for me. It feels good to lend a helping hand.

“My advice to students is wherever you live, get involved in your community,” she added. “Don’t just sit and complain — be the change you want to see. Show respect for yourself, others and the environment. Leave it better than you found it. “