I’m Learning

     I hope ya’ll will be patient with me as I learn how to navigate wordpress.  It may take me awhile to get the hang of things.  I did want everyone to know that I have been getting the final paper work finished on my project and still writing thank yous.  If you haven’t gotten your thank you, it is coming!  I love this picture of Lorax Lodge.  My mom took it as we were getting ready to leave for home after the dedication.  It was such an amazingLorax Lodge Dedication 10-11-09 “cold” day.  I still can’t believe that 74 people came to share in this incredible day.

The Lorax Movie

If you haven’t seen The Lorax please make plans to see it soon!  I have only seen it once so it is hard for me to select my favorite part of the movie because it was just incredible.  I think one of my favorite moments was the song that referred to the villain as a “greedy dirtbag”.  It is great and heartwarming.  The Lorax is a movie to see with your kids, mom & dad (no matter how old you are), archenemies, or go by yourself.  It is simply an amazing movie that is filled with lots of hidden messages.  And they are the messages that need to be heard.  They are not the messages that will convert you into super liberalism or a conspiracy (that others have stated).  They are just simple messages and reminders we ALL need to hear.  After all, someone needs to speak for the trees.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better it’s not.”

-The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

Coca-Cola Scholar 2011

     In April I travelled to Atlanta, Georgia as a 2011 Coca-Cola Scholar.  As you might suspect, I met 250 of the most amazing teenagers in the United States and now some of my best friends.  They were all passionate people determined to make the world a better place.  During the four day extravaganza I realized the world is in very good hands because there are so many people that care and are willing to take action.

   Even at age three I was already thinking about Coca-Cola.  My mom thought it was my destiny to be a 2011 scholar.  (Mom’s are like that!)

   While in Atlanta, we were involved in a community service project.  We worked in small groups and painted rain barrels that would be auctioned on E-bay as a fund raising campaign for the Coca-Cola Scholar’s Foundation.

  Thank you again Coca-Cola!

Thank You Girls Life Magazine!

     I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Amelia Island Plantation.  I was the first place winner in 2010 of the Girls Life Magazine “Project Girls Gone Green.”  This was a wonderful opportunity to explore some of the world’s most beautiful environment with my family.  Amelia Island Plantation was a dream and we enjoyed our trip during my Spring Break.  It was a breathtaking area.  I kayaked in the marshes, collected sea shells along the beach, and explored the wonders of nature.

     It felt like such an honor to be in front of such beauty; it was almost magical.  Every sunset and ocean wave that I saw just reminded me of how important it is to continue our efforts to protect our environment.  This adventure that I was set upon just proves that the world is our playground, but to continue to play we must protect the grounds that we inhabit.

     To continue seeing the natural beauties of the world we must continue to preserve it and enjoy all the world has to offer.  Thank you again, Girls Life for the amazing trip to Amelia Island Plantation and I will continue to work as an advocate of our environment and inspire others to do the same.

April, 2011

Giving Back…

Being friendly and helpful to the Earth doesn’t mean just being green.  Volunteering, in general, is a way to give back to our world by giving your time and kindness to someone or something.  Thus, making our world a better and greater place to live!  This summer, I delivered meals for Meals on Wheels.  It was a great experience for me.

    July, 2010

visionisgreen.org-CLOSED!

     Not everything can go on forever.  With that said, I want to thank SuddenLink Communications for sponsoring my visionisgreen.org web-site for the past two years.  It was an amazing web-site and I can proudly state that I had over 4000 hits!  I will continue to monitor and update this blog site on wordpress.com.  
     NEWS.  In June I was honored by the TCEQ (Texas Commission for Environmental Quality).  I was the 2009 recipient of the Texas Environmental Excellence Award-Youth.  This is another amazing honor which I accepted with great humility.  When these great things happen it reminds me that anything is possible!  And, with hard work and determination, we can make a difference in our world.  I have uploaded the link of a very cool presentation the TCEQ made about Lorax Lodge. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRQEPgdtAf0


      

The picture I added this month is from the American Clay, Inc. workshop that was held at Lorax Lodge.  All of these amazing people helped with the interior finish on the walls.  Carol Baumgartel, Marketing Director with AC traveled from NM to make sure the walls were perfect.  And they are.  I also want to thank Hamilton Acoustical of Lubbock, Texas for their hard work in prepping the walls for American Clay.  I don’t think I can ever thank these wonderful people enough for volunteering to help make Lorax Lodge the incredible building that it is today.

Summer Green Tip.
We all like bottled water but how many of us leave water in the bottle?  Use this water by emptying in flower pots or even the dog’s water bowl!

Washington DC & PEYA Award

     I recently returned from Washington DC where I was honored with the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA).  I want to encourage anyone who has created an environmental project to look at the requirements for this award, the experience was amazing.  This was my first trip to our capitol city, and it blew my mind. I have never felt so much awe before in my life.  From the magnificent architecture to our country’s inspiring history, I think I fell in love.  Not only was meeting the President of the United States an unbelievable honor, but it was so surreal; it was hard to imagine that it all was really happening to me.  
     While enjoying the four days in DC I also got to visit many other amazing places.  I went to the Spy Museum, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, a night tour of all of the monuments, and last but definitely not least the Library of Congress.  I had fun getting lost with my mom and my new friends and I don’t think I ever would want to be lost in any other way.
      The PEYA award was very important to me because I was allowed the honor of meeting extraordinary and talented teenagers. They were just as nerdy as me and just as passionate about the environment and of life.  I believe that everyone who received the award, including myself, will have bright futures that will consist of making the world a better place for today’s generation as well as the generations to come.  

Green Tip of the Month.  Now that school is out, walk and ride your bike.  Not only will you get great exercise but you will save fuel, too.

Dreams!

Hey   Everyone,
      I am combining my March and April blogs.  This is a super busy time of the year for me but I  wanted to do something special to celebrate EARTH WEEK!  I also wanted to let you all know that my project, The Vision is Green, has been recognized and I will be receiving the Presidential Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) in Washington DC.  I am super excited and really proud to receive the award as a reflection of the hard work and commitment that so many made in helping me build Lorax Lodge and to bring my vision of green to the Texas South Plains. 

     The picture this month is in front of the hiking trail I made that leads to Lorax Lodge.  It is a steep  1/4 mile hike and is beautiful in the late Spring with all the wild flowers.  I named it Rattler Trail for the very cool rattle snake I found on my trail last Spring. 

DREAMS
We dream of greener pastures
and dream of clear blue skies;
We dream of climbing mountains
and on occasion, we hope to rise.

But sometimes as we go along;
we might forget what is right and what is wrong.

We might forget when we had nothing
and only had the land to rely;
Soon our money will run out
and dreams may say good-bye.

So in vain this attempt may seem–
all I ask is don’t forget your dreams!

March & April Green Tip
Just have a super Spring and celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd.  Send me a note sometime because I would love to hear from you.
Sarah Jo

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