JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Giving back and taking action is what environmental stewardship is all about. Centennial High School’s new outdoor classroom built by the CHS Environmental Club is a manifestation of those two ideals.
Co-presidents of the club, Axel Martinez and Millie Bhatia, dedicated the outdoor classroom to two volunteers, Anne Kennedy and Cindy Eade, who played key roles in making the classroom happen.
Kennedy, a Master Gardener, mentored the students while planting fall and summer gardens, native plants and plants for wildlife.
Eade, sustainability coordinator for the city of Milton, mentored the students in environmental education and through community service projects and program resources.
Both ladies contributed years of support to the club and have been an important component to the growth and success of the club.
“It has been my privilege to work with Ms. Burroughs and the Environmental Club students over the past five years and see the club blossom,” said Eade. “The commitment that Julie has to the students and the environment is inspiring to me, and I have learned much through my association with her.”
Michael Joseph of Mosaic Group Atlanta, Samantha Frost of Burton Energy Group and Danny Hardin of Home Depot were recognized for helping the Environmental Club members purchase and build four picnic tables and a pergola to transform their garden area into on outdoor classroom.
National Park Service Ranger Jerry Hightower with the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and a volunteer with the National Wildlife Federation presented the Environmental Club co-presidents with the Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat Certification.
The club earned this designation by planting native plants, shrubs and trees, adding brush piles to provide both food and to create habitats for wildlife and by providing a year-round water source for wildlife.
“This Environmental Club is not just a model for clubs in Georgia, but also in the nation,” said Hightower.