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2005 - Educational Institution Award - Beautification & Landscaping - OBU Student Gov't Associat

Accepting the award are representatives from the OBU Student Government Association
Struck by the lack of trees and attractive landscaping at Jefferson Elementary School in Shawnee, an Oklahoma Baptist University student decided to do something about it. After visiting with the school’s principal, Dusty Darr secured $3,000 in funding from the Student Government Association and enlisted expert horticultural help to decide on the best trees and shrubs to plant. 

Then, on a Saturday morning in April, about 60 volunteers associated with the elementary school and OBU spent all day planting 20 trees and 48 shrubs, totally transforming the year-round appearance of the school grounds on a major thoroughfare through Shawnee. The elementary students now are helping to water and care for the plantings, giving them an important combination of ownership and pride that will live on well past their years at the school. 

Our judges saluted Dusty Darr for his swift action to improve his community. We agree and add that the matching of a beautification need with generous deeds by OBU’s Student Government Association is good news and an instructive role model for all of Oklahoma.