NC Beautiful selected Penny Road Elementary School to receive the prestigious A.J. Fletcher award in recognition of the school’s beautification project around its bus circle garden.
The WRAL Azalea Gardens horticulture staff selected the school project for its beauty and creativity, and how well it has been maintained over three years.
“We are very excited to win this award,” said Mary Bohr, Penny Road’s principal.
John, Ann and Cooper Sykes along with Kristi and Audrey Bettner received a check for $125, as well as an additional 25 azaleas and assorted gardening tools.
The school will plant the azaleas by its Edible Garden. The goal of the project is to help students learn about the environment and vegetable/herb gardens and azaleas.
The award is part of NC Beautiful’s 26th annual Azalea Celebration, which rewards NC Community groups for improving their communities through creative landscape projects.
The annual Azalea Celebration, developed and administered by NC Beautiful and sponsored by WRAL-TV and Mix 101.5 Radio, has awarded more than 225,000 plants to approximately 3,400 non-profits in its 22-year history. The one-gallon azaleas distributed by NC Beautiful are grown from cuttings taken from the WRAL Gardens.