CHS student earn state KAB education honors

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG Staff Writer
Posted 9/23/17

A group of students from Cleveland High School has been honored for their efforts to promote recycling and teach children about the environment.

CHS’ Environmental Awareness Association …

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CHS student earn state KAB education honors

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A group of students from Cleveland High School has been honored for their efforts to promote recycling and teach children about the environment.

CHS’ Environmental Awareness Association was given the 2017 Public Education Award of Excellence from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Keep America Beautiful.

“We are very proud of them for representing Cleveland and Bradley County so well,” said Joanne Maskew, executive director of Cleveland-Bradley Keep America Beautiful. “This is a big deal. This isn’t just a local honor, it’s a state one.” 

CHS teacher Jeannie Cuervo and students Casey Choate and Preston Pham accepted the award during the annual Tennessee Keep America Beautiful Conference, which was held in Nashville on Tuesday.

EAA runs an award winning school-wide recycling program at Cleveland High School. They complete community outreach with local elementary schools encouraging younger students to protect the local natural environment. EAA also organizes and runs two community-wide stream clean up events each year at Mouse Creek.

The Public Education Award of Excellence is “given to organizations or individuals for outstanding public education activities involving citizens working together to improve their community’s appearance.” The CHS representatives received a plaque and $1,000 to support their future efforts.

The EAA group is sponsored by CHS teachers Holly Parker, Andi Wendorf and Cuervo, who offered plenty of high praise for her students.

"Working with this group of committed, hard-working young people has been one of the highlights of my teaching career,” Cuervo said. “I am inspired by them daily."

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christy.armstrong@clevelandbanner.com

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