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CNP Annual Dinner

​​​‘Murderous Plants’ Program at CNP Annual Dinner May 6

Coppell High School National Honor Society to be recognized
 
On Saturday, May 6, Friends of Coppell Nature Park (FCNP) will host the community’s 10th annual “Dragonflies and Denim” dinner from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Biodiversity Education Center. Dickey’s Pit Barbeque restaurant will be serving their brisket and chicken with all the trimmings that go with it. The general public is invited. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by contacting Bruce Wilcox at 972-754-9997 or by going to www.eventbrite.com/e/dragonflies-and-denim-annual-dinner-tickets-33258664561.
 
This year’s guest speaker is Barney Lipscomb from Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) in Fort Worth. Lipscomb is a Leonhardt Chair of Texas Botany and co-author of Illustrated Flora of North Central TexasIllustrated Flora of East Texas, and Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas.
 
“Saturday evening’s program of ‘Murderous Plants—Poisonous Herbs in our World’ will be presented in a lively and fascinating way while raising awareness about potentially dangerous plants,” Lipscomb said. “There are over 600 species of plants identified as poisonous to humans and animals in the United States. The number of poisonous plants in the world is unknown. The program will be presented with engaging props, unforgettable sounds, and dazzling visuals. This will be a fun, fascinating and entertaining program of mystery, history, facts and fantasy.”
 
During the evening Coppell High School’s National Honor Society will be awarded FCNP's annual Eco-Friend Award for their community service within Coppell Nature Park.

“These are some of the best and the brightest stars at Coppell High School,” said seven-year NHS sponsor and teacher Kevin Casey. “These students are the kind of people we will be depending upon in our society in the future. They are motivated to help others and they are willing to sacrifice their time and talents in service to our community. It is one of my great joys in education to work with these young people. No matter what the challenge placed before them, they are willing to show up and help.”
 
The National Honor Society at Coppell High School is comprised of 249 members of the senior class and 261 members of the junior class. Each member is required to complete 20 hours of community service each year. That equates to approximately 10,400 hours of community service per year.

Joining sponsor Casey for the award will be CHS senior Rutuja Joshi, CHS National Honor Society President.

"National Honor Society has enlightened me to the drive of Coppell High School students, as each member strives to better the community we are lucky to live in,” Joshi said. “Though the job is overwhelming at times, it is exciting to see such a great mass of people ready to help the community and its schools."
 
“We are very excited about this year’s event,” said Kathy Martin, President of Friends of Coppell Nature Park Foundation. “We will have some great music and a tasty dinner while honoring a student group that promotes community service in the nature park. Plus, the speaker will be very entertaining. So come join a fun evening”
 
Music will be provided by The Lost High Rollers. The band, comprised of seven local citizens, is frequently seen at Coppell Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings.
 
Friends of Coppell Nature Park (FCNP) is a 501(c) (3), non-profit corporation committed to supporting Coppell Nature Park (CNP) through fund raising, publicity, education and volunteer park maintenance. The Foundation is directed by dedicated citizens and is host to the volunteerism of numerous families and students. FCNP commits its annual budget to development and maintenance of CNP and implementation of nature and environmental education programs.
 
The Biodiversity Education Center and Coppell Nature Park are situated at 367 Freeport Pkwy. on the west side of Coppell. It is part of Wagon Wheel Park, a 153-acre tract of land of which 70 acres are the natural wooded section of Coppell Nature Park. Further information about CNP and FCNP is available at coppellnaturepark.org​.