Anna Letaw, a parent volunteer at Linton Springs Elementary School, in Sykesville, was recently named as one of five finalists in the statewide Maryland Parent Involvement Awards program.
Letaw volunteers as an advocate for outdoor learning at Linton Springs.
She spearheads the school's Green Team after school club, which was established three years ago.
Through the club, students work on habitat reclamation, invasive weed eradication, public awareness campaigns, native plantings, Earth Day activities and many other ways to improve the water quality of the school and reduce its carbon footprint.
School officials said Letaw has helped change the way science education is viewed by more than 800 elementary school students by connecting science to life.
The awards program, sponsored by the State Department of Education, recognizes parents and guardians for support of public education.
Parents were nominated for demonstrating significant, positive impact in their communities across five areas of parental involvement: communication, volunteering, learning, decision making and community collaboration.