Thursday, May 07, 2009

Carver's JMG program a living, growing success story ...

Once again, the efforts of a select group of Midland students, and one of West Texas' top teachers, is harvesting state recognition for excellence.

According to
this story from the MRT's Ruth Campbell, the Junior Master Gardeners at Carver Center (Midland ISD's gifted & talented campus) have dug up a state award for demonstrating excellence and increased knowledge of horticulture.

Over the years, teacher Emmy Ulmschneider and local Texas master Gardener volunteers have directed the efforts of JMG students in reclaiming what was once a weed and trash-choked courtyard of the old school, and creating an eco-friendly garden, landscaped with native plants, walkways, homemade bird-feeders and a pond.

Both of my boys were students of 'Miss Ulm,' and participated in the JMG program at Carver. Four years ago, Elder Son was among a group of JMG students who traveled to Austin to receive an award from the Texas Council of Environmental Quality - receiving accolades from that agency, Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor Dave Dewhurst and State Senator Kel Seliger - as the the state's top environmental program among youth/school groups.

And now, the JMG program at Carever is once again being honored for outstanding achievement. Congrats to Miss Ulm and her students, and to our local Master Gardeners ... way to go ... way to grow!

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