An announcement Thursday from the National Wildlife Federation bestowed another achievement shared by all three campuses.
The federation recognized Munford schools for creating an official Certified Wildlife Habitat, one of more than 150,000 recognized nationwide by NWF in the past 40 years.
Each school’s combined efforts to create a garden space enhancing the habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife by provided natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young played a part in their selection by the federation.
“Providing a home for wildlife in our communities — whether it’s at home, or in schools businesses or parks — is the demonstration of a healthy and active eco-system,” said David Mizejewski, naturalist with the NWF. “There is no more rewarding way to stay connected to nature right outside your door.”
The Certified Wildlife Habitat program, designed to help people take personal action on behalf of wildlife, engages homeowners, businesses, schools, churches, parks and other institutions striving to make their communities wildlife friendly.
Munford Elementary School science resources teacher Kimberly Murray provided a detailed glimpse of the work students put into their surroundings.
“Over the last several years, the Munford students and teachers have worked together on a variety of project-based learning assignments to create ‘hot spots’ around campus,” Murray said. “These hot spots are areas used to teach conservation education outside the classroom for K-12th grade. These areas are providing habitat for local and migratory species such as the Monarch Butterfly and Eastern Bluebird.
“(Representatives) from Jacksonville State University have also been on campus teaching the students about the frog and fish species in and around the Munford Campus Fish and Frog Pond,” Murray added. “There are posters lining the halls of Munford High School from the student research of these species. There are also kiosks at each of the hot spots with maps and posters to educate visitors about the wildlife habitat.”
For creating a Certified Wildlife Habitat, the schools receive a one-year subscription to National Wildlife magazine, a personalized certificate and quarterly newsletters featuring tips engineered to continue improving their habitat for wildlife. They are also eligible to purchase a special sign created by the federation to designate the area as wildlife-friendly.
Talladega County Schools Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Lacey commended all involved in making the achievement possible.
“Munford schools being named as one of the National Wildlife Federation's official wildlife habitats is another example of recognition of the tireless efforts of the Munford staff, students, parents and the community as a whole to create a learning environment to promote high levels of student achievement,” Lacey said. “I am very proud of their accomplishments and of the fact that they continue to be recognized at both the state and national levels.”
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