Ms. Gabrielle Toni, an art teacher at Western Branch Middle School (WBMS) in Chesapeake, was recognized by askHRgreen.org with the Environmental Action Award at the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) meeting in Chesapeake.
The Environmental Action Award was developed to recognize individuals who inspire youth (K-12) to have a positive impact on the environment by taking action in their schools or communities. The winning projects had previously received funding through the askHRgreen.org environmental education mini-grant program and were selected as outstanding by a panel of local askHRgreen.org representatives from the HRPDC’s 17 member jurisdictions and Hampton Roads Sanitation District. The WBMS project was among 13 projects under consideration for the award, all of which were funded by askHRgreen.org in 2017. Ms. Toni brought art and technology students together for an upcycling project to bring new life to some donated park benches.
In addition to the award, WBMS received a check for $100.00 to be spent to further their projects or to launch a new environmental initiative. Congratulations, Ms. Toni!