Schools Capture Environmental Awards During City of Plano's Annual Recognition Ceremony
October 4, 2013
Three Plano ISD schools were recognized at the City of Plano's annual Environmental Community Awards celebration. The City recognizes outstanding environmental leadership and achievement by honoring businesses, non-profits, schools and individuals with the Environmental Star of Excellence award. Submitted projects, programs or services are positively benefit the Plano community and its environment. Congratulations to these award winners.
2013 Environmental Community Awards
Environmental School Awards
Clean Campus Award
Beverly Elementary School
"Be the Change" -- Beverly's Eco Club champions litter prevention and maintaining a clean campus. In addition to organizing litter cleanups, students recycle, garden and host reuse collection drives. Their efforts beautify school grounds and connect with the neighboring community.
Beverly PTA Environmental Chair Donna Buccini is pictured at the awards ceremony with Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere.
Outstanding Campus Beautification Award
Shepard Elementary School
Shepard's after-school student group, Earthsavers, cleaned up overgrown gardens, removed a dead tree, planted a memorial Japanese maple and installed self-watering planters. Students learned about soil, rocks and mulch and proudly contributed to enhance the school's entrance with flowering bushes and plants.
Shepard Elementary School representatives with Mayor Harry LaRosiliere are Principal Laurie Taylor, Shepard PTA Earthsavers Coordinator Kris Stevenson, Earthsavers Staff Liaison Susan Seward and Michelle Fimiani, PTA volunteer.
Environmental Star of Excellence Award
Educational Institution – Wyatt Elementary School
Wyatt's "Going Greener" program aims to instill green living practices in students' everyday lives. Eco-actions, ranging from collecting clothing donations to enhancing their community garden, focus on waste minimization and community outreach. They Wyatt Wallaroos are on their way to becoming leaders for a greener future.
Wyatt Elementary School representatives with Mayor Harry LaRosiliere are Martha Chalhoub and Christa Holland, PTA; Deborah Moilanen, principal; and Lisa Mendiola, PTA.