Monday, April 1, 2013

Teacher Wins Garden Club Award

Jeannette Domaschk, a kindergarten teacher at Hunters Creek Elementary for 40 years, was recently named one of the national winners of the Garden Club of America’s Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award for her work involving the early environmental education of children.

For years, Mrs. Domaschk has taught kindergarten students and local Boy Scouts about the environment and gardening through the garden and planting beds located near Hunters Creek’s prekindergarten wing.

She piloted the school’s recycling program, too. Established in 1992, the Hull Award includes a $1,000 cash award to recipients like Mrs. Domaschk who honor Hull’s common sense approach to environmental awareness by inspiring children under age 16 to appreciate the beauty and fragility of the planet.

The Garden Club of Houston will present the national award to Mrs. Domaschk on April 10 at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston.

After a local Eagle Scout project created the garden at Hunters Creek, Mrs. Domaschk and her kindergarten students have worked together to cultivate, harvest and maintain a beautiful and active garden. Food is grown for a science study unit. After harvest, many students take home sacks of beans that they have picked by hand.

Student plant flowers and other plants, too. “I believe Mrs. Domaschk is the perfect candidate to receive the Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award because she exemplifies a person who provides outstanding and hands-on environmental and earth-friendly education for the children at Hunters Creek Elementary and for the surrounding community of Scout-aged youth,” said parent Elizabeth Rotan in her winning nomination.

Supporting letters were submitted by former Hunters Creek parents Margaret Rotan and Debbie Robinson, who is president of the Garden Club of Houston.


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