Franks Elementary earns national science awards


Top (L-R):Aubrey Ramos, Baylee Payne, Stormy Guzman, Andrea Molinar; bottom (L-R): Eseosa Eriamiantoe , Trinity Cartwright, Lauren Ikporo and Teacher Cadi Gillette.

MIDLAND, Texas (Nexstar)- Midland ISD’s General Tommy Franks Elementary School has earned multiple awards for its energy education project “Saving the Earth, One Cadent at a Time”. 

The National Energy Education Development, or NEED Project, named Franks as the Texas Elementary School of the Year, the National Elementary School of the Year, and Exemplary Community Education Project.

Fifth graders in Cadi Gillette’s science class were recognized for the project and have been invited to the 41st Annual Youth Energy Conference and Awards, which will be held in Washington, D.C. next month.

The students, known on campus as the Green Team, not only practiced recycling themselves, but also gave presentations to other classes to emphasize the importance of recycling.

“This was completely student driven and student led,” said Gillette. “The Green Team would hold monthly recycling contests where they would count the contributions from each class, then award a prize.”

“What is amazing about this group of students is that they created and led an entire project that impacted our entire campus,” said Franks Principal Andra Lancaster-Jones. “Their hard work week in and week out is being recognized on a national stage.

The Green Team also regularly volunteers with Keep Midland Beautiful, as a part of their commitment to recycling and environment.

“These students have shown a desire to do the right thing and lead others to do the same,” said Gillette.

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