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Fairchild Challenge: And the winners are…

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McLaughlin Middle School - First Place Winners

For the last two years, Bok Tower Gardens education staff has been hosting The Fairchild Challenge, an environmental education outreach program and competition designed by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens in Miami. Middle schools throughout Polk County are invited to participate in this satellite program by completing Challenge options ranging from writing and art, graphic design and video production, to school gardening and botanical fashion design.

Polk County teachers and students that participated in this year’s Fairchild Challenge joined us at the Gardens on May 18 for an Awards Ceremony where the winners were announced. We’re proud to showcase some of their work and announce the winners of this year’s Challenge. The three top-scoring schools were awarded $1,000, $500, or $250, to support or enhance environmental activities at their school.

Take a look at some of this year’s student entries

And this year’s winners are…

Option 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Newsletter McLaughlin Middle School Southwest Middle School McLaughlin Middle School & Southwest Middle School
Art Edward W. Bok Academy McLaughlin Middle School Southwest Middle School
Logo McLughlin Middle School Southwest Middle School & McLaughlin Middle School Southwest Middle School
Video Southwest Middle School McLaughlin Middle School Edward W. Bok Academy
Global Challenge McLaughlin Middle School Edward W. Bok Academy McLughline Middle School

Overall School Awards

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
McLaughlin Middle School & Fine Arts Academy Southwest Middle School Edward W. Bok Academy

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