Stokes County receives azaleas through NC Beautiful
by Meghann Evans
Stokes County was selected by NC Beautiful and received a special beautification prize of more than 900 azaleas for use by non-profit organizations who submitted their 2012 Community Beautification Project proposals. The award is part of NC Beautiful’s 27th annual Azalea Celebration, which rewards NC Community groups for improving their communities through creative landscape projects.
Sixteen non-profits in Stokes County applied, including Stokes County 4-H, Poplar Springs Elementary School, Piney Grove Middle School, Southeastern Stokes Middle School, Germanton Elementary School, Chestnut Grove Middle School, South Stokes High School, Nancy Reynolds Elementary School, Stokes Early College High School, Pine Hall Elementary School, Mount Olive Elementary School, Bethesda United Methodist Church, Stokes Opportunity Center, Stokes County Boy Scouts, Walnut Cove Public Library and the Stokes County Arts Council.
The County of Stokes, Stokes County Schools and the Stokes County Arts Council partnered together to bring the gift of azaleas to Stokes County on October 6th. Distribution of these beautiful plants has been made to each of the organizations awarded.
Stokes County officials have expressed their gratitude for the beautiful gift of azaleas and would like to publicly thank Steve Vacendak, the executive director of the North Carolina Beautiful Foundation, for this gift and the assistance received through his foundation. The Stokes County Arts Council would also like to express gratitude to the individuals that made the trek to Raleigh on October 6th for their efforts in retrieving the over 900 azaleas for Stokes County and to Jared Jones and the students at South Stokes High School. These individuals went above and beyond the call to help with retrieval and unloading of the azaleas at South Stokes High School for easy access by participating non-profits.
The annual Azalea Celebration, developed and administered by the NC Beautiful and sponsored by WRAL-TV5 and Mix 101.5 Radio in Raleigh, has awarded more than 225,000 plants to approximately 3,400 non-profits in its 27 year history. The one-gallon azaleas distributed by NC Beautiful are grown from cuttings taken three years ago from the WRAL Gardens in Raleigh. The azalea program is sponsored by the Capitol Broadcasting Company and funded in part by the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, which is named for the former president of CBC and the founder of WRAL.
For more than 40 years, NC Beautiful has focused on merit-based programs which provide hands-on experience in preserving resources and promoting constructive action toward environmental stewardship, believing that environmental education and community involvement are the keys to addressing North Carolina’s environmental challenges. For more information about programs in which communities, schools, and citizens can participate, contact NC Beautiful at P.O. Box 10155, Raleigh, NC 27605, or visit www.ncbeautiful.org.
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