Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hoover Girl Earns Gold Award

Catherine recently earned her Gold Award by planning and teaching environmental classes to the campers at Camp Fletcher. The project addressed the specific issues of water protection, recycling and reducing wastes. Catherine helped campers relate to their local surroundings through a variety of activities.

Janis Barksdale, Camp Director for Camp Fletcher, writes, “I must say when we first discussed the project in the spring I did not realize the true impact it would have on the camp. The benches Catherine built will allow better seating around the flag pole for group gatherings. Many of her environmental activities using recycled materials such as the newspaper hats, crayon kaleidoscopes and pictures with sticks were enjoyed by the campers so much that we plan to implement these activities into some of our programming. They really enjoyed digging in the creek searching for invertebrates creating lasting memories at camp. Her interest and commitment has definitely earned her the name given by campers as ‘The Environmental Lady’. The recycle bins and compose bins are also greatly appreciated and will permit better programming for future trips and camp sessions held at Camp Fletcher.”

Catherine is the daughter of Cliff and Donna and attended Hoover High School. She currently attends Auburn University and is majoring in Civil Engineering.