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
Congratulations to the Fort Worth Independent School District for their leadership in promoting sustainability. John T. White Elementary has just been confirmed as a CHPS VERIFIED high performance school. Click here to learn more about CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) and the Fort Worth ISD.