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CONGRATULATING OAK PARK UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
(House of Representatives - April 25, 2013)

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            CONGRATULATING OAK PARK UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

  (Ms. BROWNLEY of California asked and was given permission to address 
the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
  Ms. BROWNLEY of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate 
one of Ventura County's most distinguished school districts, Oak Park 
Unified School District, for winning the Sustainability Award from the 
U.S. Department of Education. Oak Park Unified was one of just 14 
school districts in the entire Nation to receive this award, which 
recognizes schools and school districts for their exemplary efforts in 
reducing energy usage, promoting better health care, and providing 
better quality environmental education to their students.
  Oak Park Unified Elementary School students are taking produce from 
their school garden and greenhouse to a local free clinic where they 
explain the impacts of diabetes to their patients and how to grow and 
enjoy healthy foods. Last year, another team of students sponsored the 
district-wide Week of Whales and won the Presidential Environmental 
Youth Award.
  I am so honored to represent the Oak Park Unified School District and 
am proud of their dedication to sustainability and to protecting the 
environment.

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