| Accepting for Carl Albert: Joyce Honey, Principal
As Jefferson Elementary School in Shawnee was beginning its award-winning beautification makeover, another school, 35 miles away in Midwest City, was completing its massive project to create a new landscaped “face” for the front of the school.
When Joyce Honey became the principal several years ago, she challenged the student body and staff of Carl Albert Junior High School to turn a few scrubby trees and crabgrass into a lushly landscaped welcome mat. To head up the remarkably successful transformation, Mrs. Honey put together the unlikely combination of kids serving detention with honor students needing service hours. They were aided by staff members volunteering on Saturdays, various fundraising events and the generous support of the business community.
The results are dramatic. All the hard work of picking up trash, weeding, mulching, creating beds, planting and proper watering has given the students a shady, park-like place to relax and a focus for school pride.
The judges singled out Principal Honey for her tenacity and vision. She and her students at Carl Albert Junior High have taught us that greater environmental awareness is good news to Oklahoma and its school campuses.
Posted on 05/01/2005
by Sonny Wilkinson filed under