Keep America Beautiful presents GPISD’s Brenda Townsend with 2018 Youth Recognition Award

Brenda Townsend received a Keep America Beautiful Youth Recognition Award at the Keep America Beautiful National Awards Ceremony, in Dallas, Texas, January 17-19

Townsend was one of more than 80 individuals or organizations from communities across America to receive national recognition.

She distinguished herself with her outstanding community work at the GPISD Natural Science Education Center. This program is a collaboration between the City of Grand Prairie and the Grand Prairie Independent School District which serves 14,500 Pre-K through 5th graders each year. Brenda designs lessons and facilitates training for teachers throughout the school district. The teachers being trained by Brenda to deliver environmental lessons are learning alongside their students. In addition to instilling positive values for educators and students alike.

Townsend partnered with a local horticulture organization to adopt a large vegetable bed, held trail maintenance with over 50 volunteers, provided career training for older youth within the community, and scheduled over 3,600 student field trips to the local Audubon Centers. Brenda has had a profound impact on her local community and is instrumental in inspiring the next generation of community stewards.

“These imaginative, inspirational and transformative educators and volunteers help bring to life creative, resourceful and meaningful programs in their communities,” said Helen Lowman, Keep America Beautiful President and CEO. “It’s my privilege to recognize Brenda Townsend for such valuable, mission-based work that helps their community be more socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound.”