Wednesday afternoon was a gorgeous day to get out of the office. The sun was shining and the traffic was not nearly as tragic as I imagined. BRW principal and former CEFPI North Texas Chapter president, Lisa Lamkin, AIA and I drove together to Fort Worth ISD’s Polytechnic High School. We were scheduled to attend a CEFPI board meeting at the school and afterward have a quick lunch while visiting the High School’s new Community Garden.
It was a little over a year ago that the school started their Community Garden with the award money they received from the CEFPI. The real treat of the day was when the students proudly showed the CEFPI Board members around the different vegetables and herbs that they planted.
The first CEFPI Impact award was a clear success and I look forward to seeing what school wins this year’s award, and what they will do to improve their school environment. The award application date has been extended to June 12 this year so if you know of a school in need, be sure to direct them here.
POSTED BY: CATHERINE CHOBERKA-KHIRALLAH
Last Wednesday, I had the honor of attending the ribbon cutting and ground breaking ceremony for the FWISD Polytechnic High School Garden. After receiving the $5000 grant last summer from The CEFPI North Texas Chapter IMPACT Award, it was exciting to see the student and faculty putting the money to use.
As the 20 or so students gathered to take pictures and share cookies in the courtyard, I was reminded how a simple garden and community project can do so much for the average teen today. Nice job CEFPI; great IMPACT on the community!
POSTED BY: MALIA NIX
The past year has been a busy one for the North Texas Chapter of CEFPI. Just 11 months ago we changed our name, more than doubled our chapter programs, planned a successful inaugural golf tournament and designed a new chapter sponsored grant program; our IMPACT Award. CEFPI is an organization bringing professionals together who impact the school facility environment through design, planning and construction of school facilities. We now have an ability to further impact the school community we serve with an annual grant program selecting one of many worthy projects to sponsor with a cash award of $5000. The award vision statement:
To enhance the usability of an educational space with a permanent
enhancement or modification and to impact the community; supporting its involvement in the local education process
I was honored this week to celebrate this vision becoming reality with our first Impact Award given to the Fort Worth ISD’s Polytechnic High School – Family and Consumer Sciences “Poly’s Community Garden”.
The submittal for Poly’s community garden presented a persuasive argument for how their project met our award criteria:
- How will this investment impact the students at the school receiving the award?
- How will this investment impact, encourage and promote future community involvement in the school?
- Long term, how significant is the anticipated result from this investment?
Representing Fort Worth ISD in accepting the award were:
- Art Cavazos
Chief of District Operations
- Tobi Jackson
Board Member – District 2
- Daniel Scroggins
Polytechnic High School Principal
There is a clear and strong vision to have this become a ‘community garden’ as well as a school project which is incredibly powerful. The development of the project is planned to be executed by students and the surrounding community over the next school year. I look forward to seeing the impact Poly’s Community Garden makes in the Polytechnic High School Community as the chapter visits next year to see the results!
Lisa W. Lamkin, AIA, CSI, LEEP AP BD+C, CEFPI
President, North Texas Chapter, CEFPI