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Lompoc Valley Middle School teacher wins $25K in nationwide contest, plans to grow environmental club

LOMPOC, Calif. -- A teacher in Lompoc recently won a nationwide contest aimed at supporting teachers who empower students.

Annalynn Clark is a special education teacher at Lompoc Valley Middle School. She won $25,000 from the Mayflower Moving "Mover of Movers" contest.

Clark created a garden club at the school to address food insecurity.

She will use the money to launch her “Great Kindness Challenge,” for students and others in the community to dedicate 100 “Kindness” hours by helping others, according to a news release from Mayflower.

Clark said she helped start the environmental club in January and plans to keep it running.

"I plan on creating little kits to send home with the kids so they can garden in their houses. Then I'm going to do online videos on how to grow things and how often," Clark said.

Club members will be able to participate in the online meetings after school.

Clark also said she plans to have students put in planter beds and work on a school greenhouse. She plans to have the club meet in-person every week when they are able to safely return to school.

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