And The Buddy Goes To…

It’s award season! We all know about the Emmys, the Oscars and the Tonys. This month, NPT surprised Chelsea Vines from M. Agnes Jones Elementary with The Buddy Award our National Educator Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship.

Every year we honor an extraordinary environmental education leader. Chelsea has played an important lead role in the implementation of the Buddy Bison Program at her school, engaging their 3rd-grade students with local parks and the great outdoors. She uses parks to enhance the classroom curricula and creates priceless memories for her students at the same time. Congratulations Chelsea!

M. Agnes Jones has been a Buddy Bison School for 4 years. During this time, students have experienced the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Sweetwater Creek State Park, MLK National Historic Park, Serenbe Farms, and the Fernbank and Tellus Museums. Agnes Jones is sponsored by the Georgia-Pacific Foundation which underwrites all of these experiential adventures. Principal Margul Woolfolk, Curley Dossman, head of the foundation and Beverly Ferguson, Senior Director of Community Affairs at Georgia-Pacific helped us plan for this surprise presentation to honor Chelsea. And boy was she surprised!

Thank you Chelsea and M. Agnes Jones Elementary School for leading by example and showing your students how beneficial and great the outdoors really are!

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