Harris County’s New Mountain Hill Elementary School in Fortson, Ga. won the 2019 Gateways School Award for the Greater Columbus Area. The award was given by the Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission at their 27th annual awards luncheon, “Every Litter Bit Hurts.”
“For two years, NMHE’s Fourth-Grade Teacher Shelley Thornton and Keep Columbus Beautiful’s John Brent have partnered successfully to fulfill the collaborative mission of engaging and educating students to take greater responsibility for enhancing beautification, protecting the environment and reducing litter,” said Rachel Crumbley in a release for Harris County School District.
The elementary school received the award as a result of efforts that NMHE students carried out through a number of environmentally conscious activities.
“Our students were part of special events, such as second and third-grade students participated in the Help the Hooch campaign and the entire school donated to the shoe drive. But, we also have activities that happen year-round such as gardening, recycling, upcycling and other programs that demonstrate caring for the environment.,” said Shelly Thornton, a fourth-grade teacher from NMHE.
NMHE’s assistant principal Kimberly Stanley, Thornton, and Virginia McCullough, an art teacher, accepted the award on behalf of the school.