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2001 - Exceptional Merit Award - Individual Achievement/Education & Promotion - Kipp Crutchfield

Nine years ago, Ardmore’s Kipp Crutchfield – along with fourth graders and several adult volunteers – began transforming a bare strip of land at School into an educational garden of learning and beauty. Today, that garden has become an outdoor classroom and it is transforming how teachers teach science throughout nation.

Not only is the school’s garden a regular stop on Adrmore’s Spring Garden Tour, it has led to fourth grade classes planting trees and 10,000 bulbs a year throughout the city. Kipp also has added composting and recycling elements and led countless statewide workshops. Last November, Kipp’s work was recognized in Washington D.C., with the Environmental Education Teacher Professional Development Award.

Our judges said, “How fortunate Oklahoma, Ardmore and the students in her classes are to have Ms. Crutchfield.” Keep Oklahoma Beautiful agrees that KIPP CRUTCHFIELD IS GOOD NEWS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN OKLAHOMA!