Mullica Township Schoolyard Garden wins the 2013 School Garden of the Year - Best Community Collaboration Award

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Susan Polk - 2013 AtlantiCare Community Hero in Action Spirit of Women Award Winner

Susan Polk, leader of the Mullica Township Schoolyard Garden, will be honored May 23, 2013 at 6 pm at the Atlantic City Country Club as the AtlantiCare Community Hero in Action Spirit of Women Award Winner. Susan could not be more deserving of the award and we are so very proud of her work.

Here is a brief from her nomination for the award written by her peer and Mullica Township schoolyard garden teacher Jacki Lugg:

I am writing to nominate Susan Polk for AtlantiCare's Community Hero in Action Spirit of Women Award. I have known Susan for over 20 years and she distinctly embodies the spirit of this award fully.

Susan helps all those she comes into contact with, and in all aspects of her life. Susan is an eternal educator, a local leader, a valued church member, and an all-around good person. She helps our school communities, her church groups, our municipal committees, as well as county and state initiatives. She is always sharing opportunities for others to learn new things. She is always considerate of others and their needs and sets a great example by living her best life in all ways: personally, with family and friends, and with her larger communities.

Susan is perpetually learning and growing as a person. She is eager to learn and share. She makes the most of each day she is given. She is always going, going, going! She is extraordinary because not only does she do all of this, but she does it all with an open heart and mind.

With Susan's oomph and leadership, Mullica Township has become a Sustainable Jersey community and our Mullica Township Schoolyard Garden has been created, nurtured and loved, and has received multiple grants for its support. Neither of these great undertakings would ever be possible without Susan's love, dedication, support and leadership. Susan has been integral in enhancing our township's Annual Community Day and reinventing it as a green and sustainable event. Susan is constantly attending workshops and sharing what she has learned with others. There just isn't another like her. She is passionate, kind, mindful, and exemplary.

I am certain AtlantiCare will receive many great nominations for this award. You won't find a more deserving person than Susan Polk, our local hero.

Watch the inspirational video of Susan's acceptance speech:

We are so happy for Susan!

"Live Passionately!"