Waco ISD Custodians, Students earn Keep Waco Beautiful awards

Waco ISD Custodians, Students earn Keep Waco Beautiful awards
Posted on 05/11/2016
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GWAMA custodian Garcia honored as Secondary Custodian of the Year

On May 5th 2016, Keep Waco Beautiful hosted the Frances Sturgis "Partners in Pride" Award ceremony. This ceremony was to honor individuals from the community that are making Waco a better place to live. GWAMA custodian Josefina Garcia was honored as the Secondary School Custodian of the Year. Bell's Hill custodian Ramon Rosario was honored as Elementary School Custodian of the Year. Thank you to both winners for keeping Waco ISD beautiful.

Keep Waco Beautiful’s Annual Frances Sturgis “Partners in Pride” Award Winners!

Keep Waco Beautiful wishes to recognize the sponsors who made it possible to honor these wonderful projects and people: DuPuy Oxygen and KWB Board Members Jim Dolaway and Harry Harelik.

An award focused on youth is the Rising Star award.  This award recognizes individuals or groups of young people who have successfully done recycling projects, clean-up events, or beautification in Waco.  These rising stars may be the future leaders in our community and carry on the mission of Keep Waco Beautiful one day!

The first Rising Star Award winner was the Bell’s Hill Elementary School Garden Club.  The club’s purpose is to have fun learning about plants by using the Greenhouse and cultivating the garden on school grounds.  The Garden Club has about sixteen 5th Graders, each of whom had to submit an essay describing ‘why they wanted to be part of the Garden Club’.  Club members were selected based on these essays, proper classroom behavior, and academics.  

During the Fall, the Garden Club students prepared garden beds by removing all weeds.  Next, community volunteers added soil amendments to the garden beds on “Martin Luther King Day of Service”.  Garden Club members then planted a variety of seeds inside empty k-cups; using the Greenhouse so they could sprout and grow.  Students also planted onions and potatoes in January into the raised garden beds.  Garden club members watered and cared for the k-cup seedlings until weather permitted them to be planted into the garden.  All Bell’s Hill 5th grade classes planted the k-cup seedlings into the raised garden beds.  The vegetables planted include: tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and corn.  Next, Garden Club members helped place the soaker hoses on top of the garden beds for irrigation purposes.  

Any leftover seedlings were sold at the Waco Farmer’s Market by the Garden Club members.  Money earned at this sale will benefit future Garden Club projects such as signs at the garden plot, glove and tool replacements and purchase of a small rototiller.

Congratulations to the Bell’s Hill Garden Club!